Child Development Unit

At the La Trobe University Child Development Unit (CDU), we research the social, emotional, intellectual and language development of children. This research – part of our School's specialization in cognitive and developmental psychology  – is important because knowing how children develop allows us to better understand their needs for parenting, child care and education. It also allows us to identify more effectively and earlier if there is a delay or problem with a child's development.

This means that we always need children of all ages (from birth onwards), and sometimes also their parents/carers to take part in our studies.

Have you ever thought about volunteering to participate in our research studies?

If you are the parent/carer of an infant, toddler and/or child who is at school, we invite you to consider registering your details on our Research Participant Registry.

The CDU Research Participant Registry is now merged with that of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).

Register here