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UCOP Grant to Support UC Consortium on the Developmental Science of Adolescence

The UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives competition has awarded funding for a UC Consortium on the Developmental Science of Adolescence. 

PI/Host Campus: Andrew J. Fuligni, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA 

Co-PIs/Campuses

  • Ronald Dahl, UC Berkeley
  • Amanda Guyer, UC Davis,
  • Jacquelynne Eccles, UC Irvine
  • Phillip Hammack, UC Santa Cruz

Participating faculty, with expertise in neuroscience and biobehavioral processes, social context, typical and atypical development, and population diversity, include the following:

  • UCLA: Mirella Dapretto, Adriana Galván, Sandra Graham, Jaana Juvonen, Jennifer Silvers
  • UC Berkeley: Julienne Deardorff, Emily Ozer, Jennifer Skeem, Ahna Suleiman, Linda Wilbrech
  • UC Davis: Katherine Conger, Paul Hastings, Camelia Hostinar, Adrienne Nishina, Richard Robins
  • UC Irvine: Elizabeth Cauffman, Jodi Quas, Sandra Simpkins
  • UC Santa Cruz: Margarita Azmitia, Christy Byrd, Catherine Cooper, Campbell Leaper

Initiation: 2017

Rationale: Multiple biological and social changes make adolescence a key period of developmental transition. Biologically, pubertal processes and brain maturation create heightened emotional lability and reward sensitivity, with a more gradual maturation in cognitive control. Interpersonally, children increasingly replace family time with friend time, pay greater attention to the opinions of their peers, and begin romantic relationships. Structurally, the developmental period spans educational transitions to middle and high school, and for some, to college and the work force. The manner in which these transitions are negotiated – by adolescents, their families, and society – has significant implications for lifelong trajectories of health and well-being. Overshadowed by the national emphasis on early childhood over the past couple of decades, adolescence has re-emerged as a critical developmental period worthy of scientific and public health attention. Historical epidemiological research indicates that experiences during adolescence have perhaps the greatest consequence for adult health and longevity.

Topics to be pursued:

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Social Integration and Contribution
  • Psychological, Physical and Sexual Health
  • Population Diversity and Intergroup Relations
  • Juvenile Justice

Goals: The primary goal is to be an incubator of collaborative research across campuses, providing the support and settings necessary for the development of ideas and efforts to obtain extramural support for research, training, and outreach. Consortium members will be pursuing the following three specific aims:

  • Generate integrative research on the developmental science of adolescence at the University of California
  • Provide graduate training opportunities in the developmental science of adolescence
  • Promote public understanding of the developmental science of adolescence