University of Pittsburgh

At the Infant and Toddler Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, we study the development of infants and young children. We are especially interested in understanding their cognitive or mental development, particularly how they learn about the world. For example, within the first year, infants are learning how to recognize people, coming to understand facial expressions, and learning how to discriminate the difference between object categories, such as dogs versus cats. All of this happens prior to language as babies naturally interact and play within their environments.

We are also studying the impact of autism on the development of infants and children. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, our autism research spans the range of development from studies with infants who are at risk for developing this disorder, to children and adults who are already diagnosed with autism.

We invite you to explore our website. If you are a parent who would like more information about our work or might be interested in participating in our studies, please feel free to contact us at: infants@pitt.edu.