Research & Application

Members of the Center’s Advisory Board conduct research at their respective academic institutions that drives the work of the Center. 

Research

Research: The Need to Contribute During Adolescence

Authors: Andrew J. Fuligni

Source: Perspectives on Psychological Science (December 2018)

Center board member Andrew Fuligni explains the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to contribute to their families, peers, schools, and communities in meaningful ways. Contributing promotes some of the key developmental needs of adolescence: autonomy, identity, and intimacy.

The Need to Contribute During Adolescence

Research: Importance of Investing in Adolescence from a Developmental Science Perspective

Authors: Ronald E. Dahl, Nicholas B. Allen, Linda Wilbrecht, & Ahna Ballonoff Suleiman

Source: Nature (February 2018)

In this Research Perspective for Nature, Ron Dahl, Nick Allen, Linda Wilbrecht, and Ahna Suleiman (members of the Center’s Leadership Team) make the case for global investment in the health and well-being of adolescents.

Importance of Investing in Adolescence from a Developmental Science Perspective

Research: Why Interventions to Influence Adolescent Behavior Often Fail but Could Succeed

Authors: David S. Yeager, Ronald E. Dahl, and Carol S. Dweck

Source: Perspectives on Psychological Science (December 2017)

The authors review evidence that preventive interventions for middle adolescents (ages 13-17) might be more effective if they honor adolescents’ sensitivity to being respected.

Why Interventions to Influence Adolescent Behavior Often Fail but Could Succeed

Parenting

Fact Sheet: Parenting an Adolescent

Adolescence is a time of major physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes for young people. It’s a time of major changes for their parents, too. Research points to a few key ideas for parents to keep in mind as they help their child navigate this important stage of development.

Parenting an Adolescent

Sleep

Policy Brief: Adolescents Need Sleep!

When people talk about the risks of adolescence, they seldom mention “lack of sleep.” But quality sleep is key to nearly every aspect of adolescent well-being, and the vast majority of young people aren’t getting enough. We review what the science says about why sleep matters, how much is enough, and what’s preventing adolescents from getting the sleep they so desperately need.

Adolescents Need Sleep!

Adolescent Development

Fact Sheet: The Very Hungry Adolescent Brain

The adolescent brain is hungry for new information and experiences that will provide the skills and learning it needs to face the challenges of adulthood. This overview explains the restructuring that takes place in the brain during adolescence, and the types of learning that can help nourish positive development. 

The Very Hungry Adolescent Brain

Fact Sheet: 5 Ways We Misunderstand Adolescents, According to Brain Science

Center founder Ron Dahl discusses five major misconceptions the public holds about adolescents. Insights from developmental science can dispel some of these myths and help reframe adolescence as a time for optimism and investment. 

5 Ways We Misunderstand Adolescents, According to Brain Science