Our core mission is to advance developmental science in ways that contribute to improving the lives of youth.
Our current research priorities focus on early adolescence as a compelling developmental window that creates unique vulnerabilities and opportunities. We are using a social and affective neuroscience framework to investigate how social experiences in adolescence can shape the development of acquired motivations that underpin wanting (or liking) particular kinds of goals, pursuits and activities — in ways that can have an enduring impact on many aspects of behavior, health and well-being.
Our approach emphasizes trans-disciplinary teams. Our long-term aims are to advance mechanistic developmental understanding in ways that can inform prevention, early intervention, education, and youth policy. Please visit the Center on the Developing Adolescent website to learn more about our work.