Everything we do has one purpose: building strong connections between the university and the community for the health and wellbeing of children. We do this by bringing children, families, frontline workers, clinicians, and university researchers and graduate students together to bridge research and practice in early child development.

The Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic serves as a bridge between a team of researchers from Education, Social Science and Health Sciences and the community members who can benefit most from their work across three signature areas of research. The interdisciplinary research at the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic focuses on the following areas:

Environment effects on brain development – toxic stress

Early adversity and traumatic experiences are investigated to see how they affect the brain development in children.

Cognition, language, literacy and numeracy

The mental processes that support children’s learning are examined to determine how language, reading and math skills are developed.

Social, emotional and behavioral resilience and well-being

The patterns and causes of social, emotional and behavioral challenges in preschool children are studied and interventions are created that support the well-being of those children and their families