We are the Institute for Translational Research (ITR) in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. In order to ignite improvements and bridge the gap from research to practice in children’s mental health, we apply research findings in the lab, experimental designs in the field, and evidence-based training and awareness building in the community. Our maxim: Innovate. Inform. Ignite.
Research increasingly recognizes children’s mental health as a predictor of educational and mental health outcomes well into adulthood. Treatments and prevention programs that can prevent the onset of mental health problems among children and youth reduce the cost of potential long-lasting consequences while improving productivity and resilience.
The Mission of The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) is to advance quality research, evidence-based clinical training, and information dissemination focused on children’s mental health and development ages 0 to 18. Through associated centers and programs, ITR serves systems that interface with and impact the mental health of children and families.
Excellence in research, training, scholarship, community services and creative endeavors.
Objective, accurate research as a base for new and expanding knowledge.
Encourage and support students and stakeholders in all forms of scholarship and learning opportunities including the discovery and application of knowledge and in developing innovative products and processes.
Leadership & Collaboration
Focus on emerging issues in research, training, and learning; strengthen community involvement through collaboration. Inform policy to improve children’s mental health.
Who We Serve
ITR’s primary audience is systems that interface with and impact the mental health of children and families. Through this audience, the ultimate goal of ITR is to improve the mental health lives of children and families, the direct beneficiaries of our work.
University Clinical Students
Children’s Mental Health Workforce
Child Serving Agencies
ITR Associated Centers & Programs
Ambit aims to improve access to high quality services for traumatized children and families in Minnesota and beyond by providing training and support in evidence-based trauma treatments and trauma- informed practices.
ADAPT4U – After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools
With the support of the Minnesota National Guard and Reserves, ADAPT strives to learn about family resilience and to develop tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration.
CPPR – CENTER FOR PERSONALIZED PREVENTION RESEARCH
CPPR supports a program of research that seeks to understand how evidence-based programs developed to alleviate the burden of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in children and youth can be tailored to assure the best possible outcome for a specific individual. For more information about CPPR, please contact Nicole Morrell.
EARLY RISERS “SKILLS FOR SUCCESS”
The Early Risers “Skills for Success” program for children and adults is recognized as an exemplary substance abuse prevention program by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs. More recently, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected Early Risers as a Title V Effective Program and NIDA recognized Early Risers as a NIDA research-based program.
CPP – CHILD-PARENT PSYCHOTHERAPY
CPP, an evidence-based preventive therapy, specifically focuses on the relationship between parent and child (birth-6 years) and is recognized on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
IPT – INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
An evidence-based intervention for adults and teens helping them identify their symptoms; understand how their various life relationships affect their depression, and how it diminishes their ability to function normally.
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