The Center for the Developing Adolescent in the News

How Can We Improve a Teen's Brain? One Sleep Study May Have a Simple Answer—Good Pillows.

Center board member Adriana Galván's study on adolescent sleep, this time in the Washington Post, shows that something as basic as a comfortable pillow can make a difference. Also important: the consistency of sleep each night.

Posted on November 30, 2018

Neuroscientists Identify a Surprising Low-Tech Fix to the Problem of Sleep-Deprived Teens

UCLA neuroscientist (and Center board member) Adriana Galván writes about her research on adolescents' need for quality sleep, and how a surprisingly simple, low-cost fix might help them get more of it.

Posted on November 13, 2018

Statement: Make Adolescence a Research Priority in the New NICHD Strategic Plan

To the NICHD Strategic Working Group:

As the Leadership Team of the Center for the Developing Adolescent, we urge NICHD to make adolescent development a top research priority in your revised strategic plan.

Posted on November 6, 2018

The Science Behind Tweens’ Risky Behavior—and Why It Can Help Them in The Long Run

Center board member Adriana Galván, UCLA, talked to the Washington Post about the importance of healthy risk taking for adolescents, and why we need to stop creating narratives that pathologize this key developmental window.

Posted on September 18, 2018

Finding Gear for Teens to Try Out Hobbies

The New York Times talked to Ron Dahl and other development experts about the benefits of hobbies for adolescents, and how developmental changes during this period can turn passing interests into passions. Reporter Courtney Schley also offers tips and recommendations to scaffold budding interests. 

Posted on September 14, 2018