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Youth Development Institute

YDI is dedicated to generating scientific knowledge that will inform intervention and prevention programs on how to efficiently identify, prevent, and treat adjustment problems and risk behaviors among children and youths .

Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct empirical research focused on understanding multilevel factors (psychophysiological, neurocognitive, emotional, relational, familial, cultural) related to risk and resilience among youth experiencing significant stressors in their families and broader environment. We are also dedicated to fostering the development of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in immersing themselves in empirical research on youth development.

Our Impact

We have produced and replicated empirical findings that inform youth development and resilience in contexts of adversity. These findings not only expand scientific knowledge in the field of developmental psychopathology and evolutionary development, but also directly impact those we study by increasing the understanding of positive parenting, patterns of youth development, and decision making.

We've been serving the community for 6+ years

We have partnered with teens and families throughout Northeast Georgia to better research youth risk and resilience.

We use a multi-disciplinary approach

Evolutionary Developmental Theory, Developmental cognitive neuroscience, advanced quantitative methods, psychophysiological data, and social network analyses all inform our research.

Resilience appears to be a common phenomenon that results in most cases from the operation of basic human adaptational systems.

Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development

YDI in the News

Meet Assaf Oshri, YDI Director

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