The Institute of Child Development (Department of Child Psychology) is a premier center of scholarship, teaching, and outreach devoted to the understanding and fostering of child development. Founded in 1925, the Institute is one of the oldest departments studying children's development in the U.S. From its inception, a key tenet of our department has been to "give away" child psychology. This philosophy has created an environment rich with collaborations, new ideas, and exciting interdisciplinary work.
We offer academic programs in child psychology, applied child and adolescent development, and early childhood education. We contribute to interdisciplinary programs in interpersonal relationships research, prevention science, and infant and early childhood mental health. We also maintain close collaborations with a number of interdisciplinary research centers.
Early childhood education has been linked to the efforts of the Institute since its beginning. The Shirley G. Moore Lab School, also in operation since 1925, is housed at the Institute. The Shirley G. Moore Lab School provides model training experiences for teachers of young children at both graduate and undergraduate levels and serves as an active center of child study and research.