New Centre for Human Developmental Science launched
The School of Psychology at Cardiff University has launched a Centre for Human Developmental Science which will provide a broad range of opportunities for research and training in the study of human development from conception to adulthood.
The centre, known as CUCHDS, has united already well-established research centres and programmes, including the Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC), the Fertility Studies Group, the Educational Psychology Doctoral Training Programme, with new initiatives in developmental neuroscience, multidisciplinary studies of children’s wellbeing and a new Masters in Children’s Psychological Disorders.
The CUCHDS building contains specially designed laboratory space for studies of children and adults, including the WARC sensory room and the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU), The Waterloo Foundation-funded unit for children referred with developmental issues. CUCHDS has close links with other centres, including the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, DECIPHer and CASCADE.
The centre will also house the new MSc in Children’s Psychological Disorders and the programme’s lead, Professor Stephanie Van Goozen was delighted with the new facility, she said: “The CUCHDS offers novel approaches to research, assessment and intervention in the domain of child psychological disorders through the close integration of cutting-edge academic research and real-world psychological practice.
The new MSc enables us to share our expertise and educate new generations of developmental scientists and practitioners in how to conduct, translate and use current research in the area of developmental psychopathology. This meets our society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence-based clinical and developmental assessments and treatment for children and families with psychological problems.”