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Youth Development

Kinder in Gummistiefeln

JCPYD - Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Lead: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Involved: Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Founded: 2015 (2003)

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Moritz Daum, Psychology (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Ana Costa-Ramón, Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Nora M. Raschle, Psychology
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Shanahan, Sociology

Researching Youth Development

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development focuses on interdisciplinary developmental research that improves the lives of young people. The center’s priorities include research into the influence of families, schools and society on the development of children and young adults, mental and physical health problems in early childhood and adolescence, the development of cognitive mechanisms in the context of language acquisition, and the promotion of organizational skills for learning and studying. Several large-scale longitudinal studies involving children in Switzerland are also conducted at the Jacobs Center.


Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
University of Zurich
Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Coordination Office
Dr. Stephanie Kernich
Phone: +41 44 634 06 95

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