Science & Innovation

Scientific Research Council

The Child Mind Institute's Scientific Research Council, made possible by an extraordinary multi-year grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is the first step in the Child Mind Institute's mission to develop a network of neuroscientists and clinical researchers from a wide array of academic, medical and nonprofit institutions across the nation and around the globe, to speed breakthrough research in childhood psychiatric and learning disorders.

Comprised of 12 of the nation's top child mental health scientists from 10 leading academic institutions, the Scientific Research Council brings together basic scientists and research clinicians in a pilot program to create a global incubator for collaborative research in child mental health. Co-chaired by Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Bennett Leventhal, Deputy Director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, the Council aims to create a new model for research partnerships across academic institutions.

With distinguished scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and neurology, the Scientific Research Council's areas of expertise include anxiety and mood disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. Functioning as a multi-institutional scientific think-tank, the Scientific Research Council makes programmatic recommendations to the Child Mind Institute regarding future research directions and priorities.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation funds programs to improve the health and welfare of children in many countries, with an emphasis on initiatives that encourage collaboration and public-private partnerships.

The remarkable support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable the Child Mind Institute to take a leadership role in shaping the global agenda for child mental health research, and to pioneer new forms of collaboration to ensure that scientific discoveries are quickly translated into better treatments for children.

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