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Pharmacological Treatment Intervention Research Program

Overview

Areas of program responsibility include evaluation and comparison of efficacious pharmacological and other somatic treatments for children and adolescents with mental disorders.

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

Benedetto Vitiello, M.D.
Branch Chief
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7147, MSC 9633
301-443-4283, bvitiell@mail.nih.gov