Fostering Interdisciplinary Understanding

The Institute's mission is to stimulate research on children, youth, and families in the context of a rapidly changing social world. The Institute aims to break new intellectual ground through its support for rigorous, interdisciplinary research and training across social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Institute priorities include research on basic change processes in human development, and how these processes are affected by social, economic, historical, political, cultural, and physical contexts. The Institute also focuses on research that informs educational, health, and social policies and other intentional change strategies. The Institute brings together over 40 faculty members from across multiple units within New York University, including the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, Human Development, the Wagner School of Public Service, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, the Institute actively promotes interdisciplinary undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral research training.