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Child and Adolescent Development

Understanding curiosity and motivation, reimagining middle school, discovering new insights into autism and neuroscience, and more – at UVA EHD, we are working to understand every facet of how young people become healthy, thriving adults.

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of students say a teacher or school counselor has had an indelible impact on their success

Positive Youth Development

With a strengths-based focus, our research and services engage directly with youth and explore the possibilities of a future that is built around youth and their developmental needs.

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Youth-Nex

At Youth-Nex: the UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, we're applying the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world. 

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Youth Violence Project

With leading experts in youth violence prevention and school safety, we offer research, training and consultation.

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Remaking Middle School

What would it look like if we completely reimagined middle school – this time, around the developmental science of what adolescents actually need?

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Supporting Transformative Autism Research

The STAR initiative, led by UVA EHD in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.

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Research: Child & Adolescent Development

Explore the latest EHD research and resources related to Child and Adolescent Development.

Remaking Middle School Social and Emotional Learning Resource Guide

This guide provides a set of resources to accompany the SEL Learning Series videos.

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Remaking Middle School Social and Emotional Learning Facilitation Guide

This guide includes key takeaways and reflection questions for group facilitators.

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Supporting Autonomy Self-Assessment

The Design Team developed the first assessment tool in the series focused on Supporting Autonomy. Remaking Middle School will continue to develop assessments for the other three developmental domains.

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Supporting Autonomy Self-Assessment: Introduction

The Design Team developed the idea for a quick and informative assessment tool to help educators gauge what they know and how they apply their knowledge of adolescent development in four key domains.

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Youth Voice & School Climate and Culture in the Middle Grades: Rationale Statement

This intro to the toolkit helps readers understand what youth voice is, the importance of the youth voice for promoting adolescent development and their budding capabilities, and how youth voice can impact school climate and culture.

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