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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Study on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications


Statement of Task:

An ad hoc committee will examine the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development, health, well-being, resilience, and agency including the science of positive youth development. The committee will also focus on how this knowledge can be applied to institutions and systems so that adolescent well-being, resilience, and development are promoted and that systems address structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity and access. The study will aim to build off the first study in the National Academy of Medicine's Culture of Health study series and outline the implications of developmental interactions with the social distribution of risks and resources identified in the first study, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. Read the full statement of task here.

Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 1 | March 29-30, 2018 
Washington, DC

Meeting 2 | June 6, 2018 - Public Session
Washington, DC
More InformationAgenda | Archived Webcast and Presentations

Meeting 3 | August 15-16, 2018
Washington, DC
Closed Meeting

Meeting 4 | November 1-2, 2018
Irvine, CA
Closed Meeting
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Activity Information

Type: Consensus Study

Topics: Children, Youth, Mental Health, Behavioral Health

Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families



Staff Information

Emily Backes, Study Director
Liz Townsend, Associate Program Officer
Dara Shefska, Research Associate
Mary Ghitelman, Senior Program 



Committee Members

Richard J. Bonnie, Chair
Anna Aizer
Margarita Alegría
Claire D. Brindis
Elizabeth Cauffman
Mesmin Destin
Angela Diaz
Nancy E. Hill
Michelle Jackson
Arlene F. Lee
Leslie Leve
Jens Ludwig
Susan Vivian Mangold
Bruce S. McEwen
Stephen T. Russell
Joanna Lee Williams

Committee Biosketches



Members of the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation, including:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Bezos Foundation
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Ford Foundation
The Hilton Foundation
The Raikes Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The National Public Education Support Fund



For more information, contact:

  Mary Ghitelman

Phone: (202) 334-1654

Mailing Address

Keck Center

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001



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