Our core mission is to advance developmental science in ways that contribute to improving the lives of youth.
Our approach emphasizes trans-disciplinary teams. Currently, our research is focusing on early adolescence as a compelling developmental window — creating unique vulnerabilities and opportunities. We use a social and affective neuroscience framework to help understand how social experiences in adolescence can shape the development of motivational processes in ways that can have an enduring impact on many aspects of health and well-being. Our long-term goals are to advance mechanistic developmental understanding that can inform prevention, education, and youth policy.