Projects & Partnerships
Operating from a “team science” approach, our Center serves as a hub for the exchange of ideas from various research teams and networks.
The Center provides interdisciplinary perspectives to projects and research designed to advance the understanding of adolescent development. We then work to distill these findings in ways that are useful and accessible to those who directly affect the lives of these young people.
With generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tanzania-based Discover project is developing and testing an innovative intervention for 10- to 14-year-olds. The Discover intervention focuses on the pivotal developmental transition from childhood into adolescence, using social scaffolding to promote youth-driven discovery learning and leveraging digital technology to engage youth. The Center’s Chief Science Officer, Ron Dahl, advises on this project, and the Center works closely with project directors to understand how the results might apply to other adolescent interventions.
Science of Learning in Adolescence
This collaborative network, funded by the National Science Foundation, is working to transform the adolescent window of vulnerability, when so many youth become bored and disengaged from school, into a window of opportunity, a natural period of curiosity, exploration, and unique learning. Network members integrate animal and human studies on learning to develop new methods, tasks, and analyses for isolating specific aspects of cognitive, social, and affective learning that change from childhood to adolescence. The core leadership team for this project is Ron Dahl, Linda Wilbrecht, and Anne Collins at UC Berkeley. Additional collaborators include Center Leadership Team members Adriana Galván (UCLA) and Jennifer Pfeifer (U Oregon), as well as Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley) and the Science of Learning Network led by Adam Gazzeley and Melina Uncaphor at UCSF.
Framing the Developmental Science of Adolescence
The Center for the Developing Adolescent is partnering with the FrameWorks Institute to synthesize and communicate the developmental science of adolescence. Frameworks is creating a research-based Core Story of Adolescent Development—a shared set of reframing tools to expand public understanding of the complex social and scientific issues of adolescence.
FrameWorks previously crafted the Core Story of Early Childhood Development with the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. The Center for the Developing Adolescent will use this new adolescent core story to make the developmental science useful and accessible to those impacting the lives of young people.
I4Y UC Berkeley School of Public Health
The I4Y—Innovations for Youth—research center in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health focuses on promoting the health of youth locally, nationally, and internationally through behavioral and community-based research and interventions. I4Y emphasizes the proximal (peer, school, and family) and structural (cultural, social, and policy) influences, and how they shape the psychological and physical health of youth. The Center for the Developing Adolescent is working with I4Y to integrate research from across disciplines to develop and evaluate novel and effective community-partnered approaches to improve adolescent health in real-world settings.