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Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Children


This NIMH-funded Developing Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research bridges the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and NYSPI/Columbia University in three academic Divisions:

  • Mental Health Services and Policy Research, with chief Susan Essock, PhD;
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and
  • Biostatistics and Data Coordination, with Naihua Duan, PhD.

The Center’s overarching goals are to:

  • advance knowledge about effective implementation and dissemination strategies to increase the adoption of evidence-based clinical services for children and families in outpatient clinics and schools;
  • provide guidance to other States on implementation of evidence-based practices; and
  • promote a participatory research agenda that reflects the partnership of treatment developers, families and family advocates, clinicians, supervisors, clinic directors, and OMH policy-makers, including the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners.


Specific studies are examining a set of organizational contextual strategies to improve implementation efficiency and effectiveness, to enhance engagement and activation of clinicians and families, and to refine measurement tools for assessing multi-level change. Locating this Center directly within the OMH addresses the widely-recognized gap between research and practice and provides a forum for accelerating the integration of research-based approaches directly into the public mental health system.


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