The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) works to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, and their families across the lifespan, through research, education and outreach.
Our mission is to:
Conduct research focusing on urban populations at increased risk due to community, environmental, biomedical, psychosocial and other challenges
Translate research into policy and practice that directly improve the lives of urban children and families
Promote interdisciplinary research in developmental sciences across Wayne State University – bridging schools, departments, disciplines and individuals
Provide challenging undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral research training in child and family development
Engage the community through public outreach, professional development, publications, and educational activities for the common good
The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Graduate Student Organization (MPSI GSO) is a formal student organization registered with and recognized by Wayne State University. GSO's bylaws, established in 2015, state that the organization's purpose is:
To represent the interests of Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) trainees and fellows to the MPSI faculty
To provide a conduit for exchange of information between the MPSI faculty and the MPSI trainees and fellows
To invite and host at least one speaker during the academic year who has been identified by the MPSI GSO members
To contribute to and create new opportunities for participating in the intellectual activities of MPSI
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”
MPSI Graduate Student Organization
Supporting the development of collaborative
& interdisciplinary research
What is MPSI?
What is the MPSI GSO?
What exactly do MPSI students DO?
We present at conferences
We publish in scientific journals
We learn from distinguished research mentors
We have FUN!
The transformative learning experiences at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute are designed to help students grow both in and out of the classroom. Established in Detroit in 1920 as the Merrill-Palmer School, today's Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute remains dedicated to improving the well-being of children and families. Our passionate and skilled students are making an impact on the world. Explore this site to learn more about our exciting research.