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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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Wendy Keenan, Director
Sarah Tracey


c-cab mission

The Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health (The Children's Forum) aims to inform a forward-looking agenda for building a stronger research and practice base around the development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies to promote all children’s cognitive, affective, and behavioral (CAB) health, including those with disabilities. 

Through public workshops, commissioned papers, and other activities to inform the public, members of the Children's Forum identify what decision makers and practitioners at multiple levels want to learn from research and how implementation science can help both in translating research to practice and having practice inform research.

The Forum is guided by three strategic priorities: 

  1. Identify opportunities for research in children's CAB health.
  2. Engage and educate policy makers and the public, including parents, families, researchers, and practitioners.
  3. Support the scaling up of effective interventions and programs.

Throughout all of our work we promote health equity to address disparities and improve the lives of all children, families, and communities.

 backgroundCognitive, affective, and behavioral health disorders incur high psychosocial and economic costs for the young people who experience the, for their families, and for the communities in which they live, study, and play. 
The Children''s Forum was established in 2013 and emerged from the 2009 NRC/IOM report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. This report called on the nation to make the prevention of such disorders and the promotion of mental health of young people a high priority.

Specifically, the committee called for a "strategic, national effort to coordinate research, policy, and practice aimed at prevention MEB disorders and promoting health, development" (p. 378).





Watch videos from the November 2017
Workshop on Achieving Health Equity,
hosted by the Children's Forum.

Learn more at

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Revisit the Forum's work 
over the last year.



November 14, 2017


September 2017Workshop 7 Proceedings

family voicesMay 2017
Parent and Family Voices Slideshow: To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day,the Forum highlighted contributions from parents and families who have presented at the workshops.


Wendy Keenan, Director
Sarah Tracey


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