CDBB supports basic and translational research and training that addresses the typical neurocognitive, psychological, behavioral, physical, and social-emotional development and health of infants, children, and adolescents. The branch explores how individual differences in development, as well as family and other social relationships, are affected by genetic and environmental influences including emerging societal trends (e.g., increased reliance on technology and digital media), as well as public health emergencies (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). The branch also supports basic research to identify the mechanisms by which atypical development and related health outcomes in children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds (e.g., low socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic and language minorities) and subpopulations (e.g., individuals with Specific Learning Disorders) arise from or are differentially affected by genetic and environmental risk/protective factors. The branch uses these findings to inform translational prevention, intervention, and health promotion studies designed to enhance their lives.
- Our branch is hiring! Visit the NICHD Jobs page to learn more about our program officer listing.
- CDBB leads and participates in NICHD’s activities related to COVID-19.
- A summary (PDF 254 KB) of the branch-led "Reframing the Word Gap: Equity-Based Approaches to Supporting Early Language Development" workshop from September 22, 2022, is now available.
- Safe Return to School For All summarizes current evidence and best practices to help administrators, educators, and families and students—including students with disabilities—return to school safely in the context of COVID-19. The information provided is based on collaborative research from the NICHD-funded Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute of Human Development, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Maryland), in collaboration with the Special School District of St. Louis County, Missouri.
- The Executive Summary (PDF 437 KB) of the "Media Exposure and Early Child Development" workshop is now available.
- Branch-funded research was featured in the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council on June 7, 2018.
- Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice : CDBB co-sponsored this stakeholder workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A report, toolkit, and public service announcement-style video are available.
- Systems Approaches to the U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic: This panel discussion is part of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior
Research Speaker Series, sponsored by CDBB.