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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


Children’s Mental Health and the Life Course Model

A Virtual Workshop Series

This webinar series – co-organized by the MCH Life Course Intervention Research Network and the National Academies' Forum for Children’s Well-Being – will focus on understanding how mental health disorders develop over the life span, with a special emphasis on prenatal, early, middle, and later childhood development. This series will focus on identifying gaps in our knowledge, exploring new strategies for using existing data to enhance our understanding of the developmental origins of mental disorders, reviewing potential approaches to prevention and optimization, and proposing new ways of framing how we understand, address, and prevent these disorders from a life course development perspective.

With rapidly rising rates, changing patterns of occurrence, and increasing levels of morbidity, a better understanding of the developmental origins and influence of mental health on children’s behavioral health outcomes is both timely and critical. This includes a better understanding of the growing prevalence of mental health disorders and greater appreciation of the role and impact of neurodevelopmental pathways in their onset and expression. This series will raise awareness about developmental origins of these alarming mental health trends and will consider appropriate strategies to implement effective change. 


September 16, 2019: Overview and Trends
Neal Halfon, MD, MPH (Director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities) and Kimberly E. Hoagwood, PhD (Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine, New York University) kicked off this series on September 16, 2019 with a discussion on trends of mental health disorders in children and youth.

October 25, 2019: Epidemiology
For the second webinar in this series, Stephen Buka, ScD (Founding Chair, Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health) hosted a discussion about the epidemiology of children's mental health disorders. 

November 21, 2019: Developmental Origins

For the third webinar in this series, Pilyoung Kim, PhD (Director, Family & Child Neuroscience Lab, University of Denver) hosted a discussion about scientific advances in the developmental origins of children's mental health disorders. 

February 13, 2020: Comprehensive Policy Response
For the fourth webinar in this series, Benjamin Miller, PsyD (Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust), Alex Briscoe (Principal, California Children’s Trust), and Nathaniel Counts, JD (Assistant Director, Montefiore Health System) will host a discussion on generating a comprehensive policy response to children's changing mental health needs. Registration is now open.

This series is ongoing, and announcements about future topics will be sent on a regular basis. We look forward to your participation and engagement throughout this series.

The previous webinars are available below:


Presentation Slides
Challenging Trends
September 16, 2019

October 25, 2019
Developmental Origins
November 21, 2019

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