• Fleischman, Alan (PI)
  • Lebinger, Tessa (PI)
  • Lawson, Katharine (PI)
  • Coupey, Susan M. (PI)
  • Lawson, Katharine R. (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The development of a Preventive Intervention Research Center (PIRC) for
Child Health at AECOM-MMC is proposed which will be organized around the
theme of prevention of mental health problems in children with significant
physical health problems and in their families. While an increasingly
significant proportion of children are affected at some point during
childhood by physical illness, there has been little focus on understanding
the mental health consequences of these problems even though these
secondary effects are among the most serious consequences of significant
childhood disorders. Having identified children and families at risk for
mental health problems as a result of the presence of a child's physical
health problem, the PIRC will focus on the implementation and
scientifically sound evaluation of effective, low cost, replicable
preventive intervention strategies to interrupt processes which might
otherwise lead to adverse mental health outcomes. The PIRC will bring into
closer collaboration a number of multidisciplinary research teams who work
on various segments of childhood development. Their interventions and
research encompass health problems in perinatal and neonatal periods,
throughout childhood, and into adolescence. The PIRC will seek to: 1)
implement preventive interventions to reduce significant mental health
consequences for the child and family which arise from child health
problems; 2) increase understanding of the relationship of physical and
mental health; 3) foster new and rigorous research on preventive
interventions; 4) foster an interdisciplinary research environment
targeting the identification and prevention of mental health sequelae of
children's physical illness; 5) bring research and intervention activities
within the Department of Pediatrics and the University into an even closer
working relationship in order to stimulate collaboration and communication
among groups of investigators; 6) stimulate and promote the development of
new research efforts in preventive intervention; 7) serve as a local,
regional, and national resource on preventive intervention for children and
their families; and 8) disseminate research findings and knowledge about
the implementation of effective preventive interventions.
Effective start/end date1/1/016/30/95


  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Social Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Psychology(all)


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