How do young people find their way in our changing society? What are the factors that allow our children to grow? What helps youth to make their own contributions to society? And how can we optimize those conditions? Our team is driven by a joint goal: understanding the psychological development of children, adolescents, and young adults. We use our expertise to train students who can make a difference in such fields as youth mental health care, education, or policy. With our societal partners, we use our knowledge to contribute solutions for societal challenges.

Young people do not just have the future – they actually ‘create’ their future. We probe the psychology of what helps youth thrive in our changing society