ITR Growth and Innovation Report

April 21, 2020

This publication highlights a sampling of ITR’s accomplishments and explores our goals as we prepare for the next stage in bridging the gap between research and practice in children’s mental health.

Read ITR’s 2020 Growth and Innovation Report here

Failure to treat mental health issues in children has enormous costs for individuals and society. Solving these problems in an evidence-based manner requires researchers working at many levels: Observing what drives the issues, developing and testing interventions to solve these issues, and implementing these programs so they can deliver value. This sequence of converting scientific observation into programs that improve health is known as the translational spectrum.

The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) was established in 2013 by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) to address gaps across this spectrum in children’s mental health. ITR was formed as the University of Minnesota’s hub for cross-fertilization of research, team prevention and intervention science, and clinical training and team mentoring of students in children’s mental health.

As a startup institute ITR has built a foundational infrastructure, become a hub for team science and made significant contributions to improving the lives of children and families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Our assets include:

Excellent faculty: A diverse group of skilled and committed faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned for their expertise, affiliated with multiple departments across CEHD and the university, and who work together to cultivate new ways of solving social problems

Strong and growing funding: A proven track record securing federal funding, external sales, and state grants and contracts

Superb facilities: A centrally located facility with a clinic, collaboration, and office space, plus a robust administrative staff infrastructure

To commemorate this first phase of growth and innovation, this publication highlights a sampling of ITR’s accomplishments and explores our goals as we prepare for the next stage in bridging the gap between research and practice in children’s mental health.