In collaboration with educators, scholars, community members and adolescents, the Collaborative on Adolescent Development implements the following activities:

Organizational Development

  • Develop productive, interdisciplinary relationships with NIU colleagues who are working in the field of adolescent development
  • Develop partnerships with local schools, districts, regional offices and other educational and community organizations

Partnership Activities

  • Identify and address local needs
  • Conduct research and write grants
  • Design relevant and sustainable programs for implementation in schools and the community
  • Inform educational decision making and practices with empirical methods and data


  • Disseminate information from the research literature to inform practice
  • Provide improvements to teacher education programs, including pre-service preparation and in-service professional development

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Nina S. Mounts, Ph.D.

Collaborative on Adolescent Development (COAD)