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Cornell University, College of Human Ecology


Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

John Eckenrode

Stephen Hamilton
Associate Director for Youth Development &

Research Director, 4H Youuth Development Program


The mission of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is to expand, strengthen, and speed the connections between cutting-edge research and the design, evaluation, and implementation of policies and practices that enhance human development, health, and well being.

The new emphasis on translational research (TR) as a means to more closely link the twin missions of research and outreach. Translational research is the systematic movement of research findings into the development of innovative interventions, practices and policies that may ultimately improve health and well-being, and also the use of knowledge derived from interventions, practices, and policies to inform research.

We envision a bi-directional pathway between scientific research and community practice, bridging these two realms in more effective ways.

The Center will foster research to understand and discover solutions to human problems across multiple levels of analysis (individual, interpersonal, community, organizational, governmental), as well as to identify, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based and cost-efficient practices and programs.

The BCTR will also focus on research that informs policy issues and debates. Further, the Center will engage stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels in more effective partnerships with CHE researchers.

In these efforts, the Center responds to the call in the University Strategic Plan to “strongly connect extension and outreach to on-campus research and educational strengths.”

Link to publications and research


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