The Center for Human Development Research shall be a center of excellence in research, education, clinical and community service related to all aspects of human development and developmental psychopathology.


  • The CHDR will be a nationally and internationally recognized center for research on human development and developmental psychopathology, with emphasis on neurobehavioral, cognitive, social and psychiatric aspects of development.
  • The faculty associated with the CHDR will be highly successful, independently funded investigators whose work in the field of human development and developmental psychopathology is nationally and internationally recognized for its quality, originality, and importance.
  • The CHDR will carry out basic and applied research, in both clinical and laboratory settings. A wide variety of approaches to the study of human development will be represented, with the goal of developing innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborative research.
  • The CHDR will be based in the University of Texas - Houston, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, but will also draw faculty from other departments and institutions. The CHDR will be multidisciplinary, including faculty in such disciplines as Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Statistics, Neurobiology, Radiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Biomedical Engineering, Communication Disorders and others.
  • The CHDR will have a high level of external funding for research.
  • The research of the CHDR will be integrated with the provision of clinical services to persons with developmental psychopathologies, with the goal of maximizing benefit to them, while also maximizing access for research recruitment.
  • The CHDR will be a leader in the inclusion of minority participants in research and the development of minority investigators.
  • The CHDR will provide teaching and training of students at all levels and will be recognized as a program providing the best in research training to students in the field of human development and developmental psychopathology.
  • The CHDR will be an educational and informational resource to the community and to professionals outside the Center.


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