To enhance the mental health of children and families through scientific research and the dissemination of empirical evidence.
CICFS is the research office located at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within VCU's department of Psychiatry. CICFS provides state-of-the art research and program evaluation designed to improve mental health services to children, adolescents, and families.
The Institute also provides evidence-based clinical and prevention training, offers technical assistance and consultation services, and disseminates research findings.
The Institute is staffed by professionals from a variety of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, mental health counseling, public health, and business. The staff works closely with clinicians, researchers, parents, families, and advocacy groups to address mental health issues and needs.
Mason, M.J.,Campbell, L., Way, T., Keyser-Marcus, L., Benotsch, E.G., Mennis, J., Zhang, J., King, L., May, J., & Stembridge, D.(in press).Development and Outcomes of a Text Messaging Tobacco Cessation Intervention with Urban Adolescents. Substance Abuse.
Mason, M.J., Campbell, L., King, L., Sonenklar, N. (in press). Adolescent Peer Problems Influence on the Relationship Between Substance Use and Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.
Mason, M. J., Campbell, L., Zaharakis, N., Foster, R., & Richards, S. (2014). Levels of teen dating violence and substance use in an urban emergency department. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 0, 1-6.
Mason, M., Schmidt, C., & Mennis, J. (2012). Dimensions of Religiosity and Access to Religious Social Capital: Correlates with Substance Use Among Urban Adolescents. Journal of Primary Prevention. 33, 5, 229-237.
Mason, M., Pate, P., Drapkin, M., & Sozinho, K. (2011). Motivational interviewing integrated with social network counseling for female adolescents: A randomized pilot study in urban primary care. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41, 148-155.
Mennis, J. & Mason, M. (2011). People, Places, and Adolescent Substance Use: Integrating Activity Space and Social Network Data for Analyzing Health Behavior. The Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 101(2): 272-291
Mason, M., Valente, T., Coatsworth, J.D., Mennis, J., Lawrence, F., & Zelenak, P. (2010). Place-Based Social Network Quality and Correlates of Substance Use Among Urban Adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 33, (3), 419-427.
Mason, M., Korpela, K. Coatsworth, J.D., Mennis, J., Valente, T., Lawrence, F. Pate, P., & Pomponio, A. (2010). Patterns of Place Based Self-Regulatory Experiences and Associated Mental Health of Urban Adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology. 38, 2, 155-171.
Mason, M., Schmidt, C., Abraham, A., Walker, L. & Tercyak, K. (2009). Adolescents’ Social Environment and Depression: Social Networks, Extracurricular Activity, and Family Relationship Influences. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 16, 346-354.
Mason, M., Mennis, J., Lawrence, F. Coatsworth, J.D., Valente, T. & Pate, P. (2009). The Relationship of Place to Substance use and Perceptions of Risk and Safety in Urban Adolescents. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 4, 485-492.