Institute for Children's Mental Health Disorders
The Developmental Research Group (Randal Ross, MD), focused on early brain development and its relationship to severe mental illnesses. Developmental research hopes to understand how the brain develops from in utero to adolescence. It also helps us understand how brain development is associated with changes in how a child thinks, feels, and acts. We can then use this information to develop and test new treatments to mental illnesses. Research focuses on children who have or are at-risk for schizophrenia, pregnant women with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, pregnant women without major diagnoses, and young infants.
The Jerome H. Kerns Laboratory (Robert Freedman, MD), which opened in February 2009 to provide children with mental health disorders and their families a place to receive services. From the Press Release following the official opening: "The labs also provide care and services to families willing to participate in studies that are helping us better understand mental illness in children."