The Child Study Center serves, in part, as a center for basic neurodevelopment research on the earliest neurodevelopment and behavioral problems troubling children. The Center is actively growing in many areas from basic research in the genetic and neurobiological basis of childhood psychiatric disorders to training clinicians around the world in state of the art mental health service delivery.

Basic Research


Investigators focus on the genetic basis for neuropsychiatric disorders from gene discovery to using gene knock-outs in model species to test promising drug treatments.

Developmental Neurobiology

The developmental neurobiology pod includes investigations of normative neural de-velopment, neural cell differentiation, neurochemistry, and neurogenetics both in typical and a-typical...

Clinical & Translational Research

Evidence-Based Practice

The clinical innovation pod focuses on clinical trials of child mental health interventions, evaluating the accumulating evidence around specific interventions, and disseminating current...

Computation Models and Data Analysis

The computational models and data analysis pod applies principals of statistical or deep learning to complex datasets from neuroimaging, genetics, and electrophysiology.


Investigators are bringing innovative and advanced image analysis techniques to study fetal brain development, changes in neural function with parenting, resting state brain activity in...

Social Neuroscience

Investigators focus on how the social brain develops and how infants and children learn about the social world.

Community and Implementation

Innovations in Health Care Delivery

The innovations in health care delivery pod focuses on addressing new ways to improve the access and reach of mental health treatments for children and families. From innovation in location...

Educational Research

The educational research pod covers the science and practical application of social and emotional learning in schools, the impact of preschool education and of the professional development...

Community-Based Research

The community-based research pod focuses on clinical research of community-based interventions including in-home services and on how to implement evidence-based practices more broadly in...

External Lab Sites

Child Neuroscience Lab

The Child Neuroscience Lab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye tracking, and genetics to explore how the brain works and...

Neuroscience and Molecular Neurobiology

The Lombroso Laboratory studies the processes of mammalian learning that are disrupted in various neuropsychiatric disorders. We are involved in translational neuroscience with a focus on...

Technology and Innovation

The Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL) is dedicated to using, advancing, and developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.