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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0581

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

2010. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

Abstract

In the early days of his administration, President John F. Kennedy recognized the need for a federal agency focusing on research in child health and human development. After passage of legislation sponsored by his administration, President Kennedy authorized the creation of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health. It was the first NIH institute to investigate human development through the entire life process. The new institute concentrated on understanding developmental disabilities—including intellectual disability—and on development from conception through infancy and childhood and on into the stages of maturation.