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The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is a research center that houses over thirty studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning. Our research projects are supported by major granting agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  

The mission of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development is to understand how brain development affects the way children think, learn and express emotions. Center research focuses on typically developing, atypically developing, and at-risk children. Our goal is to understand brain and behavioral development throughout childhood, from infancy through adolescence. The work conducted at the CNBD revolves around three thematic cores:

  • Investigating the neural underpinnings of cognitive and emotional development in typically developing children.
  • Examining the neurobiological effects of early adversity (e.g. perinatal complications, malnutrition, institutionalization) on the developing brain in at-risk children.
  • Undertaking the clinical neuroscience approach to intervention and prevention in children diagnosed with or at risk for developing neuro- and psychopathology. 

The CNBD was founded in 2000 with financial support from the University of Minnesota and external resources. Annual fiscal responsibilities are equally supported by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development and the Univeristy of Minnesota Medical School. 

The CNBD provides the administrative support, educational tools and physical space needed to support researchers from many different fields. University departments involved in the Center include Departments of Pediatrics, NeurosciencePsychologyPsychiatryRadiologyEducational PsychologyKinesiologySpeech and Language Hearing Sciences, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, and the Institute of Child Development. Our research is based on collaboration of faculty members from different fields because we believe that we can learn more about brain development by pooling together knowledge from across disciplines. 

The CNBD comprises ten subject testing rooms, a family waiting room and adjoining playroom, six research suites that are used for scientific and administrative meetings, a computer lab for data analysis, and a conference room that facilitates research collaboration and continuing education.