National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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2010. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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.