The Computing and Statistical Technology Laboratories in Education (CASTLE) are computer labs available to students and faculty for data analysis and research consultation. There are two locations, one on the main campus in TA 305 and one on the downtown campus in DPAC 302-M. The lab computers are equipped with various quantitative and qualitative software packages including SPSS, SAS, AMOS, LISREL, Multilog, Mplus and Nvivo. The lab instructors provide instructional services to graduate students and faculty, which include research design development, demonstration of software packages, guidance for processing quantitative and qualitative data, and some statistical troubleshooting.

There are four lab instructors with a variety of skills and specializations. They are:



Dr. M.H. Clark
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research design, causal inference, univariate statistics, and multivariate statistics; she is familiar with SPSS, SAS, and Excel.

Dr. Xiangping ‘Coco’ Gao
(Downtown Campus)

Specializes in survey methods, program evaluation, quantitative data manipulation and analysis; she is familiar with SPSS and Excel.

Dr. Shiva Jahani
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research methodology, advanced data analytics, data collection, and technical writing; she is familiar with SPSS, Mplus, SmartPLS, WarpPLS, and Excel.

Mr. Suat Babayigit
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research methods, design, and statistical analysis; he is familiar with Mplus, R, and SPSS.

Feel free to contact Dr. Clark or Dr. Gao if you have any questions about the lab or would like to schedule an appointment.


May 11th – July 31st

NOTE: CASTLE is only open when classes are in session.*

Until face-to-face courses resume at UCF, individual CASTLE consultations will be conducted remotely through Zoom. To schedule an appointment:

  • Send an e-mail directly to the instructor listed below depending on the day and time that you would like a consultation. E.g., if you would like to meet with someone on Monday, afternoon, please contact Dr. Clark to schedule an appointment with her.
  • Please try to give us 24 hours’ notice to make sure that we receive and have time to reply to your e-mail.
  • Since we do not know how many clients we will need to meet with, we will limit each consultation to 30 minutes. Each appointment will be made based on our availability. Therefore, let us know your preferred time slot and a second-choice.






2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Clark


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Clark


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mr. Babayigit


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mr. Babayigit

Main Campus

Teaching Academy, Room 305


10:00am - 1:00pm


2:00pm - 5:00pm


10:00am - 1:00pm


2:00pm - 5:00pm

On four Saturdays:
(January 11th, February 22nd, March 21st, and April 11th)
10:00am – 1:00pm

Downtown Campus

Dr. Phillips Academic Commons

1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 – DPAC 454
3/4 – DPAC 455
3/18 – DPAC 454
3/25 – DPAC 251
4/1, 4/8, 4/15 – DPAC 454


10:00am - 1:00pm AND by appointment

The downtown lab doesn’t not currently have computers, therefore, you will need to bring your own laptop for the consultation.

Online Consultation

Dr. Gao is available for Skype consultations on Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. To make an appointment, please contact her at

* CASTLE will be closed on:

  • Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day
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