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The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the advancement of research on children’s health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists. CHGD’s scientists integrate the science of child development with pressing public health issues affecting children and their families. The center’s mission is to (1) conduct innovative multidisciplinary research that addresses children’s health and development; (2) provide interdisciplinary research training to the next generation of scholars to further understanding of children’s health and development, and (3) translate the knowledge gained from this research into community-based interventions and policy-relevant recommendations that foster the healthy development of children, their families, and their communities. The long range goal of our research and training is to optimize children’s physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development.

Founded in 1964, the Center for Human Growth and Development was established to further an understanding of the complex processes by which human beings grow and develop. Reporting to the Office of Research, the center attracts outstanding faculty with interests in building stronger links across disciplines of human development.