Centers, Research Programs & Activities
The Institute of Human Development’s activities are aligned with our model of integrative transdiscplinary developmental science, and focused on two developmental windows: Early Child Development and Adolescence. In addition, there are several other Centers and programs and individual investigator labs. We seek a balance between a strong emphasis on collaboration and integrative team science approaches that can tackle larger more complex high-impact problems through transdisciplinary developmental science, and continuing to value and support our existing community of individual laboratories.
Early Development & Learning Science
Our rapidly expanding knowledge base in Early Development & Learning Science calls for the creation of a dynamic, integrated developmental science program that: 1) links cutting-edge laboratory advances with implementation science, and translates them into children’s diverse contexts; 2) connects to real-world challenges, informing ED&LS research; and 3) offers innovative training at this interface. Early Development & Learning Science at UC Berkeley will be this program: connecting—bidirectionally—the cutting-edge research in developmental science with the real world problems and challenges that young children face, and training professionals at this nexus.
Center on the Developing Adolescent
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.
Center for Child and Youth Policy
CCYP was formed in 2000 to establish a community of scholars focused on the unique needs and issues of children, youth, and families in the 21st century Led by Co-Directors Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert, CCYP facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and scholarship dissemination, drawing on faculty from nine departments and Schools on the UC Berkeley Campus as well as members from other universities in the area. Throughout the academic year, CCYP hosts leaders in the field for presentations to stimulate creative thinking and the exchange of ideas on public policy concerns facing today’s families.
Child Research Central
Child Research Central is a communication hub connecting San Francisco Bay Area researchers, clinicians, and families. Researchers and clinicians around the bay area post study advertisements. Parents can peruse these advertisements and enroll their children in our research participant database. Local child development events open to the public are advertised through our bimonthly newsletter.
Supporting Father Involvement
The Supporting Father Involvement project understands the importance of positively engaged and involved fathers; children grow and flourish when supported by a father who engages in all aspects of their development. The SFI project is coordinated by Strategies, in partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP). The SFI project aims to provide the training, skills, and resources family serving organizations need to help fathers make these kinds of lasting, positive contributions to the lives of their children and community.
Greater Good Science Center
The GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.
Inter-Generational Studies (IGS)
The most famous work from IHD remains the Inter-Generational Studies (IGS) — dating back to 1928 when Jean Walker Macfarlane sampled 250 infants born in the Berkeley area. This sample would long support the so-called Guidance Study and the Berkeley Growth Study. Harold E. Jones, shortly thereafter, launched a parallel sample, informing the Oakland Growth Study. These longitudinal studies allowed Prof. Jones and IHD colleagues to study human learning and maturation at various stages of development, tracking growth in physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains.