The broad areas of research conducted in the division are:
• Biological bases of behaviour and health
• Psychosocial bases of behaviour and health
• Developmental trajectories and predicting outcomes
• Assessment tools and processes
• Innovative intervention research
• Knowledge translation and exchange and systems-level research
The Division is also home to several centres dedicated to specific aspects of child and youth: the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, and The Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health, which is focused on driving research, partnerships and youth engagement to influence mental health policy and practice. The Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition serves youth with severe mental illness.
Within the Division, researchers also conduct child behaviour health research to improve treatments for children with disruptive behaviour problems and prevent problems from developing.