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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 
Study on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Development Among
Children and Youth
         



 

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a consensus study on fostering healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development among children and youth.

As background to the study, the committee will review and synthesize the available research and analysis on areas of key advances and persistent challenges since the publication of the 2009 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities (2009 MEB report).

The committee may consider questions such as:

1.  How has the context changed since the publication of the 2009 MEB report in areas such as cross-sector partnerships, creation of infrastructures for the implementation of prevention, incidence and prevalence trends for specific conditions, integration of MEB health strategies into other healthcare settings, risk and protective factors, cultural and linguistic factors, and cost-saving strategies?

2.  How has the state of the science changed since the publication of the 2009 MEB report in areas relevant to fostering MEB health among children and youth, such as the core components of evidence-based strategies (community and practice-based) essential to producing positive outcomes, implementation science, public health approaches, and utilization of data and quality improvement systems?

3.  What interventions have been effectively implemented and what program and policy gaps must be addressed to better achieve the prevention of MEB disorders and promotion of healthy MEB development, such as workforce development and infrastructure to support implementation at scale?

4.  What has been the progress since the 2009 report specifically on two-generation approaches to foster healthy MEB development with respect to evidence of effectiveness and dissemination for those approaches?

5.  What has been learned since the publication of the 2009 MEB report about the influence of the environmental context on neurobiology and what are the implications for strategies to foster MEB development among children and youth.

6.  What has been learned about increasing health equity in the context of fostering healthy MEB development of children and youth?

7.  What role does practice based evidence, including community defined evidence in multicultural settings play in fostering healthy MEB development among children and youth and how do we further develop the evidence that certain community and cultural practices work?

8.  What role do complementary (e.g., mindfulness, meditation, yoga) and integrative approaches (e.g., optimizing evidence-based interventions with mindfulness, meditation, yoga) play in fostering healthy MEB development of children and youth?

Based on the review and analysis of the information gathered and confidential deliberations, the committee will produce a consensus report with actionable recommendations for specific agencies and organizations to lead efforts into the next decade. 


Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 1 - Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth (Committee Only)
October 4-5, 2017, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 2 - Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth (Committee Only)
December 14-15, 2017, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 3 - Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth
March 6-7, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 4 - Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth (Committee Only)
May 16-17, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 5 - Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth (Committee Only)
July 10-11, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)




 
 

Activity Information


Type: Consensus Study

Topics: Children, Youth, Mental Health, Behavioral Health

Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Email: mebhealth@nas.edu
 


 

Staff Information
 

Tara Mainero, Study Director
Rebekah HuttonAssociate
   Program Officer

Margaret Kelly, Senior Program 
   Assistant

 

 

Committee Members

Committee Biographies

Thomas Boat, M.D. (Chair)
Professor of Pediatrics and Dean Emeritus
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

   William A. Aldridge, II, Ph.D.

   Advanced Implementation Specialist

   Frank Porter Graham Child Development
     Institute

   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

   Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.

   Senior Scientist

   Oregon Research Institute

 

   W. Thomas Boyce, M.D.

   Lisa and John Pritzker Distinguished Professor
     of Pediatrics and Psychiatry School of
     Medicine

   University of California, San Francisco

 

   Richard F. Catalano, Jr., Ph.D.

   Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and
     Prevention of Violence Co-Founder, Social
     Development Research Group

   University of Washington

 

   Frances Champagne, Ph.D.

   Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of
     Psychology

   Columbia University

 

   Jennifer Frank, Ph.D.

   Assistant Professor

   Department of Education, Psychology,
     Counseling, and Special Education
   Pennsylvania State University

 

   Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Ph.D.

   Associate Professor, Curry School of Education

   University of Virginia

             

   Sheryl Kataoka Endo, M.D.

   Professor-in-Residence, Division of Child and
     Adolescent Psychiatry

   University of California, Los Angeles

 

   Kelly Kelleher, M.D., MPH

   Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

   Nationwide Children’s Hospital

 

   Grace Kolliesuah, MSW, LSW

   Chief, Bureau of Children and Families

   Ohio Department of Mental Health and
     Addiction Services

 
   Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D.

   Professor, Department of Medicine

   University of California, San Francisco

 

   Tamar Mendelson, Ph.D.

   Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
     School of Public Health

   Johns Hopkins University

 

   Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D.

   Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology

   Palo Alto University

 

   Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

   Diane Goldman Kemper Professor of
     Epidemiology in Psychiatry

   School of Public Health, Columbia University

   Chief, Division of Epidemiology

   New York State Psychiatric Institute

 


 

Sponsors


Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  Services Administration
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
National Center for Complementary
  and Integrative Health, NIH
Centers for Disease Control and
  Prevention


 

Contact


For more information, contact:
 

   Margaret Kelly

Phone: (202) 334-1529

Mailing Address

Keck Center

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

 

     
      

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