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The IDEAS Center at the NYU Child Study Center

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The NYU Child Study Center and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is excited to announce that the IDEAS Center — an important initiative to build the research base on implementation and dissemination science in children's mental health services delivery — is now part of our department.

The IDEAS Center is an Advanced Center of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Under the direction of Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, the IDEAS Center is leading the way in implementation science: How can we more efficiently and effectively implement the best evidence-based practices in children's mental health — in state-run child-serving systems, community care settings, hospitals and even in schools — in such a way that these practices will be used consistently and, over the long run, make a difference for the greatest number of children and families.

In other words, it's the science of making good things stick, whether it's a tool to help doctors correctly diagnose mental health disorders in children; a cadre of trained parent advocates providing peer support to families of children with mental health disorders; or a new therapy, supported by scientific research, that has been shown to measurably improve child symptoms.

Dr. Hoagwood became vice chair for research at the CSC as of June 1, 2012, bringing with her the IDEAS Center and the talented team behind it. Their mission fits in perfectly with the CSC's overarching goals of public health impact, transforming the lives of children and families through collaborative science, education, and practice. We look forward to years of fruitful collaboration within our growing department.

You can learn more about the IDEAS Center's vital work at the IDEAS Center website.