Neighborhoods and Child Development

The Community Strengths Study provides a genes-to-geography view of the relationship between neighborhood-level factors and children’s health and behavior. With the support of the William T. Grant Foundation and Google, we have developed cost-effective methods for capturing levels of disorder, violence, decay and inequality in the neighborhoods of the 2232 children in the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study.

Adolescent Health and New Technologies

Adolescents love their phones - over 75% use text messaging to communicate, sending an average of 60 texts daily. We use mobile phones to capture adolescents’ affect, behavior, and biology as they move between their homes, schools and neighborhoods. We ask: how do adolescents react to conflict, such as bullying and discrimination, in their daily life? how are new technologies influencing adolescents developing brains, bodies and relationships?

Children, the Law and Social Policy

Over 300,000 adolescent girls are arrested each year in the United States, yet young women still represent an understudied and under served population in the justice system. As part of the Gender and Aggression Project, we followed adolescent girls on their journey through the justice system. This five-year prospective study of pathways through the justice system was designed to inform gender-sensitive research, policy and practice.

In the News:

Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions

A review of data from 67 high-quality interventions — all of which included some degree of pre-literacy and early math skill-building and most of which targeted economically disadvantaged children — found that the effects preschool faded startlingly fast: falling by half within a year and by half again two years later. The Washing Post article. […]

Seven Concerns about teens and phones, unwrapped

Ninety percent of adolescents in the U.S. now either own or can access a mobile phone with the internet. Parents worry about how much time teens spend with their devices — and it is a lot. Teens look at screens an unprecedented eight hours a day and cell phones are a major part of that; […]

The Surprising Cost of Growing Up Poor (Policy 360 Podcast)

Do children from low-income backgrounds benefit from living in economically mixed communities? Professor Candice Odgers says that growing up in the shadow of wealth may have a surprising effect on a child’s development. Prof Odgers talks with Sanford’s Dean, Kelly Brownell, about the findings of one of her studies. Here’s the talk’s transcript.

Obesity in Rural NC – WPTF/NCN News

Interview with Dr. Joy Piontak by Scott Briggaman at WPTF/NCN News Part 1: Aired November 14, 2016 Part 2: Aired November 15, 2016

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