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Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Intervention Program

Overview

The psychosocial interventions research program supports research evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial (psychotherapeutic and behavioral) interventions on children's and adolescents' mental and behavior disorders, including acute and longer-term therapeutic effects on functioning across domains (such as school, family, peer functioning).

Areas of Emphasis

  • Research on the effectiveness of treatment interventions for childhood and adolescent mental and behavioral disorders in practice and community settings to determine the 'real life' therapeutic benefit short- and long-term.
  • Research to prevent mental and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Research to build new methodologies that can be effectively used to evaluate the safety of interventions in community settings.
  • Research to determine whether treatment of mental and behavioral disorders in children results in improved outcomes as adolescents and young adults and prevents the negative functional outcomes associated with those disorders (such as substance abuse, academic failure, higher medical costs, co-occurring mental disorders).

Contact

Joel Sherrill, Ph.D.
Program Chief
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7135, MSC 9633
301-443-2477, jsherril@mail.nih.gov