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|About||We are a research lab that has ongoing research studies that aim to help us understand more about infant development.|
The goal of the Child Development Unit is to enhance the emotional, social and cognitive well being of infants and children, as well as their parents. The unit not only works in conjunction with several related research and training programs but also produces clinical work that is fully integrated with its programs.
Director Edward Tronick’s numerous studies have revolved around parent-child interactions and how these social and emotional exchanges, along with other external factors, affect the memory development and well-being of the children. For example, his Still-Face Paradigm has transformed our understanding of young children’s emotional capacities and coping mechanisms of infants, therefore exposing the effects of factors such as maternal depression and anxiety on infant social-emotional development.
Findings such as these provide the stepping stones toward developing preventative and reparative measures for developmental dysfunction.
|Description||The Child Development Unit at UMASS Boston conducts research studies that aim to understand more about infant and child development. Studies focus on mother-infant interactions, infant memory, behavior and temperament. Whether you have already been an active participant in our studies, have just recently joined us, or would like to gain a better understanding of our work, we appreciate your interest.|
|Founded||Edward Tronick founded the Child Development Unit at Boston Children's Hospital in 1970. The unit moved to the University of Massachusetts Boston in January 2012.|