The Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience (CTDN) at Yale University unites scientists, clinicians, and clinician-scientists from multiple departments across Yale in the pursuit of understanding the systems biology of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a specific emphasis on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At the same time, we recognize that adaptive and maladaptive processes within the developing brain, and surrounding environmental context, set the stage for social, cognitive and affective processes across the range of mental health problems. Thus the CTDN considers the full range of mental health concerns within a neurodevelopmental framework.
Partnering departments include the Child Study Center, Diagnostic Radiology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Genetics, Neurobiology, and Psychology. Our faculty and staff represent multiple clinical disciplines including Child Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cognitive Neuroscience, Adult Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Speech Language Pathology, and Genetics.
Our members work seamlessly to implement the latest techniques in cognitive neuroscience, genetics, and clinical research. The CTDN focuses on the direct application of new discoveries and furthering our knowledge to improve the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders broadly conceived.
As a multidisciplinary center, our approach is comprehensive, spanning basic genetics research to specialized, individually-tailored clinical care. Our team includes world-renowned scientists, master clinicians, and specialists with broad expertise across clinical and research domains.