Mission Statement: The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) promotes the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, and their families, particularly in Detroit, through knowledge discovery, education and community engagement.
2020 Vision: As MPSI prepares to enter its second century, we are committed to leadership, innovation and excellence in scholarship, and training and community involvement across Wayne State University, Detroit, Southeastern Michigan, and the nation. We will remain responsive to rapidly emerging social, biological, environmental, and other challenges and opportunities faced by urban families and children of all ages. We will nurture collaboration and creativity in integrative, transdisciplinary scholarly inquiry and knowledge translation, capitalize on our combined academic strengths, and foster community partnerships within Detroit for mutual benefit. We will provide outstanding training opportunities to diverse undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in programs that are seamlessly integrated with our research and community outreach activities to prepare the next generation of leaders in child and family development.
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