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National Institutes of Health

Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR)


The Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR) supports programs of research and research training with the ultimate goal of preventing and curing mental disorders that originate in childhood and adolescence. Relevant disorders include mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, conduct disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. The division stimulates and promotes an integrated program of research across basic behavioral/psychological processes, environmental processes, brain development, genetics, developmental psychopathology and therapeutic interventions.

The mission of DDTR is to translate knowledge from basic science to discover the developmental origins of mental disorders and effect their prevention and cure. This will be accomplished through integrative, multi-disciplinary research on:

Areas of High Priority

DDTR places special emphasis on integrative, multi-disciplinary research approaches that cross multiple levels of analysis, utilizing both human and non-human subjects, addressing the following priorities:


Mary Ellen Oliveri, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6196, MSC 9617

Deputy Director

Kathleen C. Anderson, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room. 6189, MSC 9617