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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
 

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth
    
 Fostering Healthy MEB DevelopmentThis report calls for the creation of a broad-based effort to improve the mental, emotional, and behavioral health for children and youth, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative would build awareness of the social and economic gains associated with healthy child development and engage multiple sectors of society in working toward that goal. Achieving meaningful improvements will require a comprehensive, integrated approach that takes advantage of the full range of research findings about salient influences, effective strategies, and what is required for their successful implementation.

Read the summary  |  Download the report  |  Press release  |  Report Highlights  |  Health Brief Education Brief

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






Public Dialogue Event

On October 10, committee members Thomas F. Boat, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Kelly Kelleher, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Rico Catalano, University of Washington hosted a public dialogue on their recently released consensus report. For the public workshop hosted by the Forum for Children's Well-Being that followed this public dialogue, please see the Forum website.



Report Release Event


On September 11, 2019, committee members Thomas F. Boat, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Kelly Kelleher, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Ricardo F. Muñoz, Palo Alto University, provided an overview of the study process and discussion of the report's conclusions, recommendations and key messages.


 
    
 

 



Project Description


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
Information-Gathering Session Only:  March 6, 2018, 8:30-12:30 pm Eastern Time (see webcast below)
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)

 



March 6 Public Meeting Webcast

Agenda  |  Guest Speakers Bios  -  Laura Damschroder Presention and Byron Powell Presentation



Welcome and Opening Remarks by Committee Chair,
Thomas F. Boat, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
   


Public Health Marketing and
Messaging Strategies,
Julie Sweetland, The Frameworks Institute


Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation,
Laura Damschroder, VA Ann Arbor
Center for Clinical Management


Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation,
Byron Powell,
University of North Carolina
 
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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
 

Alexandra Beatty, Study Director

Erin Kellogg, Research Associate
Stacey Smit, 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


 

 

     
      
 

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