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Helping Children Recover from Trauma
Trauma Systems Therapy, a model of care for traumatized children that was developed by The Child Study Center's Dr. Glenn Saxe and Dr. Heidi Ellis at Boston University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Boston, was profiled recently by The Huffington Post. The piece, titled, "Helping Kevin Recover from Trauma," discusses how Trauma Systems Therapy can help parents, teachers, social workers, and children work through unhealthy behavior patterns that may develop as a result of traumatic experiences. To read more, visit Huffington Post and find out more about Trauma Systems Therapy here. (November 21, 2013)

NYU Langone Medical Center and KVC Health Systems Inc. Introduce First Child Trauma Training Center in Midwest

NYU Langone Medical Center and KVC Health Systems, Inc. have collaborated to create the NYU Langone Medical Center & KVC Midwest Trauma Training Center. The Center is designed to serve youth and families in the Midwest by training psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health workers serving individuals who have experienced traumatic events.

“We’re pleased to bring our proven strategies and training programs for treating traumatized children to the new joint center in the Midwest to help train practitioners who work with children who have been abused and neglected in the child welfare system, a significantly underserved population,” said Adam Brown, PsyD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center. “We hope to continue to expand this partnership effort to become a model for other organizations and health systems across the United States, and truly make an impact on the lives on these vulnerable children."

Read more on Digital Journal.

(September 23, 2013)

Should Parents Argue in Front of the Kids?
Dr. Kirsten Cullen Sharma weighs in on whether parents should argue in front of their children. Read more on the Wall Street Journal and see what she has to say to NBC's Today Show. (September 23, 2013)

Talking to Kids about D.C. Navy Yard Shootings a Tough Task for Parents
Dr. Glenn N. Saxe, Director of the Child Study Center, offered guidance on speaking with kids about the D.C. Navy Yard shootings. Read his advice on
(September 17, 2013)

Care Pathway Proposed for Adolescent Depression
An online article in the journal of Pediatrics details a care pathway for management of adolescent depression and quality indicators (QIs) for care. The Child Study Center's Dr. Eric Lewandowski is cited for his review of clinical practice guidelines and research literature. Read more on HealthDay Physician's Briefing. (September 17, 2013)

TELL's Exceptional Parenting Program to Feature Child Study Center Expert
The Child Study Center's Dr. Rachel Klein is one of several experts involved in TELL's Exceptional Parenting Program (EPP), a series of seven workshops per academic year for parents, teachers, and professionals on a wide range of issues that affect children with diverse needs and learning differences. Find out more at Japan School News. (September 16, 2013)

Parents Often in the Dark When it Comes to Dating Abuse
The Child Study Center's advice on teen dating was cited in a parenting Q&A highlighting parental lack of knowledge about teen dating violence and abuse. To see more of the conversation, visit Hays Daily News. (September 9, 2013)

Breakthrough for ADHD?
Dr. Rachel Klein comments on a story regarding brainwave-reading electrodes designed to detect attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read more on Medpage Today. (September 6, 2013)

Study Says Yelling is as Hurtful as Hitting
A new study suggests that yelling at adolescent children can be just as damaging as hitting them, including causing issues such as depression and aggressive behavior. The Child Study Center's Dr. Timothy Verduin comments on effective strategies for disciplining adolescents. Read more from the Wall Street Journal or Fox News. (September 4, 2013)

Maternal PTSD is Linked with an Increased Risk for Child Maltreatment
A new study finds that mothers diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to mistreat their children. Dr. Claude Chemtob comments. Read more on MSN or Reuters. (September 2, 2013)

What is "Play" to a Child with Autism?
Dr. Dana Levy spoke with Healthday and Fox Philadelphia about the types of games children diagnosed with autism may select when playing. Read more here. (August 27, 2013)

The Importance of Early Education and Choosing the Right Preschool
The Examiner recently took a look at the importance of early education and choosing the right preschool using information provided by The Child Study Center. Read more here. (August 13, 2013)

U.S. Probes Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Children
The Wall Street Journal spoke with Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the Child Study Center, about the use of antipsychotic drugs on children. The cover story discussed the launch of a federal probe into the use of antipsychotic drugs on children in the Medicaid system. Dr. Saxe spoke on the opportunities to work with kids to understand what triggers behaviors, instead of turning to medications that don't address the underlying problem. Read the full article here. [subscription to Wall Street Journal is required to read the full text] (August 11, 2013)

ADHD and Autism May Increase Risk of Video Game Addiction

Dr. Dana Levy spoke with US News and World Report about a new study indicating that boys with ADHD or autism are at higher risk of video game addiction. Levy said the consistency of video games appeals to kids with autism. "When you push a button, it does the same thing every time," she said. And for boys with ADHD, "video games are very visual, very engaging and exciting," she added. Read more here. See also Medical Daily.


(July 29, 2013)

When Grooming Becomes Pathological
The Sydney Morning Herald spoke with the Child Study Center's Dr. Ali Mattu about Trichotillomania, a condition in which people develop obsessive grooming habits to the point of pulling out hair. Read more here. (July 25, 2013)

New Department of Education Rules Clarify Students Must Attend Kindergarten the Year they Turn Five
New York's Department of Education recently passed regulations clarifying that students must begin kindergarten in the year that they turn five years old. The Child Study Center's Dr. Kirsten Cullen Sharma spoke with NY1 about this change. See the piece here. (July 23, 2013)

New York's "Papa Grizzlies" Go Above and Beyond to Keep Their Kids Safe
Dr. Tim Verduin spoke with New York Daily News on the growing phenomenon of "papa grizzlies," fathers who go above and beyond to keep their children safe. Find out what he has to say about keeping children safe while lessening parental anxiety in the article, here. (July 22, 2013)

Talking to Children About Plane Crashes
The Child Study Center's Dr. Adam Brown shared tips with on speaking with children about plane crashes. "The trick is to communicate safety and reassurance to your kids," he advised. Read more about speaking to children about scary events here. (July 9, 2013)

Paris Jackson Suicide Attempt Highlights Association between Cutting and Suicide Risk
The Child Study Center's Dr. Jess Shatkin spoke with the Daily News about cutting and self-injury in teenagers and young adults. "Talk to your kids, find out what's going on in their lives and why they're struggling," he said. "At the same time, get them an evaluation to make sure you understand the scope of the problem." Read the full article here (June 25, 2013)

Dr. Jennifer Havens Speaks on The Impact of Trauma on Families

On June 11th, Dr. Jennifer Havens spoke at a conference entitled The Impact of Trauma on Children and Families: Moving Toward Resilience through Trauma Informed Care. The conference was sponsored by the New York Center for Children (NYCC) in association with NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS) and Prevent Child Abuse America and held at The Children's Center in Manhattan. ACS Commissioner Ronald Richter gave opening remarks, and the conference was supported by the New York State Unified Court System Child Welfare Improvement Project.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects New York City’s children from abuse and neglect. Along with our community partners, Children’s Services provides neighborhood-based services to help ensure children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.

The New York Center for Children is a free clinic dedicated to evaluating and healing victims of child abuse and their families, as well as providing abuse prevention resources and educational programs. 

Prevent Child Abuse America works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide through a network of chapters in 50 states and over 500 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 41 states, all the territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.  

(June 13, 2013)

New Study Reveals Link Between Childhood ADHD and Obesity in Adulthood

A new study published in Pediatrics reveals a link between childhood ADHD and obesity in adulthood. The study, which is the first long-term study of its kind, was led by The Child Study Center's Dr. Xavier Castellanos and assesses the health outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD, focusing on obesity and Body Mass Index. “Our results found that even when you control for other factors often associated with increased obesity rates such as socioeconomic status, men diagnosed with ADHD were at a significantly higher risk to suffer from high BMI and obesity as adults,” Dr. Castellanos is quoted as saying. Read more at the links below.

Press Release: First Long-Term Study Reveals Link Between Childhood ADHD and Obesity

TIME: ADHD May Prime Boys for Obesity

Reuters: Childhood ADHD Tied to Obesity Decades Later

CBS: Study: ADHD in Childhood Linked to Obesity in Adulthood

US News: ADHD in Childhood May Raise Risk for Obesity in Adulthood

Discovery: Childhood ADHD Linked with Adult Obesity

(May 19, 2013)

The Child Study Center Shares Resources for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


The Child Study Center on National Children's Mental Health Day


The Child Study Center acknowledged National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 9th by staffing a table in the lobby of NYU Langone Medical Center, where we passed out information on our services as well as resources for additional children's mental health services in New York City. Passersby were able to spin a wheel for a chance to win a Child Study Center branded slinky.

Facutly and staff wore special green ribbons throughout the day to recognize the importance of child and adolescent mental health.

For more information on our services and additional resources for children's mental health, visit this page


(May 9, 2013)

Dr. Jennifer Havens Presented with Child Advocacy Award


Dr. Jennifer Havens ACS Award April 2013


The Child Study Center's Dr. Jennifer Havens was presented with the Child Advocacy Award late last month by the Commissioner of Administration for Children's Services. This Award recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations who promote the safety and well-being of children and young people in New York City by going beyond what is expected of them. Dr. Havens was one of six individuals who received the award this year. In honoring these exemplary New Yorkers, Commissioner Ronald E. Richter cited their extraordinary efforts to protect children and to strengthen families, as well as their support for Children's Services' efforts to achieve these goals. Please join us in extending a big congratulations to Dr. Havens.  Read more about the award here.

(May 6, 2013)

The Child Study Center's Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw at TEDxNYU 2013


TEDxNYU 2013 flier


On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 The Child Study Center’s Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw presented at TEDxNYU 2013. Her talk, entitled "The H Word," will be available to view online the TEDxNYU website in July.

TEDxNYU is a local, self-organized event developed as an off-shoot of the highly popular nonprofit, TED, an organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. The TEDx program gives communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.  TEDxNYU brings thought-leaders from the NYU community together to share ideas, insights, and inspiration.

Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw is the director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at NYU Langone Medical Center as well as a clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and a group supervisor for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Her  presentation was one of several at the TEDxNYU event this year, which also included performances and a special guest. For more information, visit the TEDxNYU website.

(May 2, 2013)

NYU Langone Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Professor Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Joseph LeDoux, PhD, professor in both the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Department Psychiatry has joined the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Sciences, becoming one of 84 members elected to the Academy this year in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the National Academy of Sciences, a non-profit organization established in 1863 to advise the federal government about science and technology, is widely considered one of the highest honors accorded to a scientist.

Dr. LeDoux is one of two NYU Langone Medical Center professors to be elected to the National Academy of Science this year. For the full news release, visit NYU Langone Medical Center's website

(May 2, 2013)

NBC's The Rock Center with Brian Williams Speaks to The CSC's Dr. Rachel Klein and Dr. Xavier Castellanos

NBC's The Rock Center with Brian Williams spoke with The Child Study Center's Dr. Rachel Klein and Dr. Xavier Castellanos regarding a groundbreaking longterm study that the two conducted on ADHD. In the study, the doctors tracked boys diagnosed with ADHD for nearly four decades, through childhood and into their 40s and 50s. View NBC's report and read more about the results of Dr. Klein and Dr. Castellanos' study here

(April 5, 2013)

Cast member of Broadway's "Orphans" Consults with Dr. Glenn Saxe

Tom Sturridge, cast member of Broadway's 'Orphans' starring Sturridge, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Foster, recently shared with the New York Times that he consulted The Child Study Center's Dr. Glenn Saxe while developing his character for the play. Sturridge plays Philip, a man who hasn't left the house in 15 years. The play opens on April 18th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. 

(April 3, 2013)

Forgetting First Words on a List May Signal Mental Decline
A study conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center found that adults who struggled to remember the first few words on a list were more likely to experience mental decline in the following years. Fox News has more on the story here. (March 8, 2013)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital to Improve Trauma Services in City's Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office issued a press release regarding a new partnership between New York City, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital to improve trauma services in the city's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. To read the press release, visit the City's News From the Blue Room here. (February 12, 2013)

NYC Partners With NYU On Children In Protective Care
Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the CSC, spoke with WCBS' Live from the Couch on a groundbreaking new partnership between New York City, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital to improve the outcomes for children in the care of city protective services. Visit WCBS' website to read more about this partnership and to watch Dr. Saxe on Live from the Couch. (February 12, 2013)

Partnership Aims to Pinpoint Trauma's Impact on City Youth
NY1 spoke to Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the CSC, about the new partnership between New York City's Department of Childrens' Services, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital to improve how they address trauma in the lives of young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems Watch the report here. (February 12, 2013)

Not Always Fun and Games
The New York Times spoke to Dr. Jess Shatkin about the impact of toy guns on childrens' minds. Read more about this controversial issue here. (February 8, 2013)

Maternal Depression, Violence at Home May Raise Child’s ADHD Risk
Dr. Rachel Klein, Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the CSC, spoke with on the potential link between maternal depression, violence at home, and childhood ADHD. Read the article here. (February 7, 2013)

Minors Attitudes toward Peers with Asthma: A Developmental Study
Dr. Jean-Marie Bruzzese examined minors' attitudes toward peers with asthma to determine if attitudes changed by grade, sex, asthma knowledge, or asthma status. A brief update on her findings has been published in MDLinx. (January 29, 2013)

Diet, parental involvement and preschool can raise child's IQ

The Deseret News cites a Child Study Center article in their piece on diet, parental involvement, and preschool's positive effect on childrens' IQ. Read it here.

(January 28, 2013)

Selling a New Generation on Guns?

Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, spoke with the NY Times on the gun industry's campaign to reach younger and younger shooters. See what he has to say about children and guns in this article.

(January 26, 2013)

Is Modern Parenting Bad for Babies?

Dr. Timothy Verduin spoke with about what impact, if any, modern parenting has on child development. Hear what he has to say in this article.

(January 22, 2013)

Storm Troupers in Vogue Magazine
Dr. Jenny Havens is featured in Vogue Magazine's "Storm Troupers," a photo spread of first responders to Hurricane Sandy. Find Dr. Havens in the photo of Bellevue Hospitals' Neonatal Intensive Care Unit here.  (January 18, 2013)

Initiatives Support Healing to Help Camden Cope
Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the Child Study Center, speaks on helping Camden, an impoverished community with a high rate of homicide, heal from trauma. Read the article, published in the Courier Post, here. (January 12, 2013)

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