Promoting Team Science Approaches Working to Improve Developmental Trajectories Integrating Cutting-edge Developmental Science Connecting Research and Youth Policy
Overview

Overview

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Overview

The Center on the Developing Adolescent is a transdisciplinary research center founded on the recognition that adolescence represents a maturational period of great vulnerabilities and opportunities — with lifelong impact on health, education, well-being, and social as well as economic success. This developmental window between childhood and adulthood encompasses a dramatic set of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes, (and interactions across these levels) many of which are only beginning to be understood scientifically.

Mission

Mission

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Mission

The mission of our Center is to advance understanding of adolescence through innovative transdisciplinary developmental science. We promote and support transdisciplinary research networks, research partnerships, and research activities that integrate multiple levels of understanding of adolescent development.

Our Center emphasizes a team-science approach. We incorporate expertise spanning basic areas of developmental science, social, affective and cognitive neuroscience, as well as clinical, educational, public health, cultural, social, and global perspectives on adolescence. We have strong interests in understanding how social and emotional experiences shape key developing biological systems during adolescence. We also promote and support training activities aligned with this mission.

Vision

Vision

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Vision

Our long-term goals are to identify policy-relevant opportunities for improving the developmental trajectories of health, education, and well-being among youth. We believe a deeper understanding of the developmental science of adolescence will provide new leverage points for early intervention and prevention efforts, and innovative approaches to education and positive youth development.