Core Activities

Core Activities

The Center on the Developing Adolescent is housed within UC Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development (IHD). Our Center is focused on the recognition that the onset of adolescence begins a complex maturational period — one with enormous risks and great opportunities. The relevant developmental science involves individual-level factors such as habits, attitudes, decision-making, emotion-regulation, motivation, and learning processes, as well as a broad range of social factors including the influences of families, peers, schools, media, and social disparities. Given these complexities, integrative team science approaches are needed. Exciting scientific advances in developmental social, affective, and cognitive neuroscience must be integrated with broader expertise regarding clinical, social, educational, public health, policy, and cultural perspectives on adolescence.

Our Center aims to serve as a hub for the integration of cutting-edge developmental science from leading researchers and collaborators who are advancing understanding of adolescence. We seek opportunities to promote intellectual exchanges that: a) help to integrate understanding across levels and disciplines; b) contribute to advancing and refining trans-disciplinary heuristic models; and c) contribute to designing and carrying out studies to test key features of these models. We support collaborative networking to promote the sharing of methods, measures, tasks, and findings. We promote innovation in translational activities and interdisciplinary exchanges relevant to providers in clinical, educational and public health settings. We place a high priority on contributing to the training of students and young scholars who want to become part of trans-disciplinary team research focusing on adolescence. Through this combination of activities our Center advances understanding of adolescence — through innovative transdisciplinary developmental science.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Center advances understanding of adolescence — through innovative transdisciplinary developmental science.

Our Center emphasizes a team-science approach with expertise spanning developmental social, affective and cognitive neuroscience as well as clinical, educational, public health, cultural, social, and global perspectives on adolescence.

Our Center is 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.

Our Center advances understanding of adolescent brain development, with a particular interest in the social, emotional, and motivational learning processes that actively shape key developing neural systems during this important maturational window.

Our long-term goals are to identify policy-relevant opportunities and leverage points to improve the developmental trajectories of health, education, and well-being of young people.

Our Center promotes and supports transdisciplinary research networks and research partnerships that integrate multiple levels of understanding of adolescent development.