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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 (C-CAB) 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, C-CAB members 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.

 c-cab background

Cognitive, affective, and behavioral disorders incur high psychosocial and economic costs for the young people who experience them, for their families, and for the communities in which they live, study, and will work.

The C-CAB Forum, established in 2013, emerged from the 2009 NRC/IOM report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilitieswhich 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 report stated that:

evidence that common risk factors lead to multiple interrelated disorders and
problems, coupled with significant evidence on possible approaches to
mitigating these factors, calls for a concerted strategic, national
effort to coordinate research, policy, and practice aimed at preventing
MEB disorders and promoting health, development. (p. 378).

C-CAB has entered its fifth year, and members continue to engage in an ongoing discussion with stakeholders to connect the prevention, treatment, and implementation sciences with settings where children are seen and cared for, including health care settings, schools, social service and child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system, and to create systems that are effective and affordable in addressing children’s needs.






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.

Workshop 6 ProceedingsMarch 2017
Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention by Communities to Promote Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health in Children: Proceedings of a Workshop 


Wendy Keenan, Director
Sarah Tracey


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