The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) is internationally known for its leadership in integrating biological, behavioral, and cultural aspects of development. We currently have 38 faculty members, including research scientists, research investigators, and faculty who also hold tenure appointments in one of the University's schools or colleges.
CHGD’s multidisciplinary research teams create new understandings of the complexity and richness of human development. By transcending disciplinary boundaries, we cultivate the next generation of knowledge to foster health and encourage optimal development for children, families, and societies. Driven by its focus on multidisciplinary collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists, the long-range goal of research and training at the Center is to optimize children's physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. CHGD has a state-of-the-art human subjects research space which allows for integrated developmental testing, as well as office, seminar, and administrative space.
- CONDUCT path-breaking research on the biological, intellectual, behavioral, and social aspects of human growth and development
- CREATE multi-disciplinary approaches to identify and address critical problems of research that remain unsolved with single discipline approaches
- PROVIDE innovative multi-disciplinary training programs for developmental scientists from behavioral and biological disciplines
- COMMUNICATE research and ideas among scientists, and disseminates these findings and practices for the good of the public.
The Center was established by the Board of Regents at the University of Michigan in 1964 to further the understanding of the complex processes by which human beings grow and develop. Reporting to the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center attracts outstanding junior and senior faculty members with interests in building stronger and deeper links across the disciplines of human development.