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Development and health

Dev and Health

Our development and health theme researches human cognitive, motor and pro-social development from conception to adulthood.

Development and health research is conducted in our dedicated Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) which is also the home for the Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC), and the Educational Psychology Doctoral Training Programme.

Research addresses fundamental issues concerning typical and atypical development, as well as reproductive health and health-related behaviours.

Developmental science

Our research in developmental science includes cognitive, motor and pro-social development from infancy to adolescence. We also study autism in childhood and adulthood (Wales Autism Research Centre) and the neurobiological basis for antisocial behaviour.


Our research in health includes the study of reproductive health, health factors affecting human performance, and health-related behaviours.

We also research a range of mental health issues including antisocial behaviour and psychopathy, addiction, delusions, depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia and anxiety.

Our developmental research centre


Centre for Human Developmental Science

The Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science provides opportunities for research and training in the study of human development.