New NIH-funded center will focus on child maltreatment

ITR, in partnership with the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center (MHFC), has received a multi-million-dollar grant to create a national center for child maltreatment studies, becoming one of only three academic institutional partnerships in the United States to receive this prestigious award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) selected the multidisciplinary team to receive a grant from the “Capstone Center on Child Abuse and Neglect” program. The $8.39 million award over five years will support the center as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. The project is co-led by ITR core faculty member Dr. Dante Cicchetti.

The TRANSFORM center will focus on long-term effects of childhood abuse and maltreatment. Center researchers also will work within the local community to develop and test a home-visit, parent-child counseling program. In addition, the center will initiate training programs to prepare future researchers in the field.

Read more about the award here.