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.
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- Mason, M. J., Mennis, J., & Schmidt (2011). A social operational model of urban adolescents' tobacco and substance use: A mediational analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 1055-1063.
- Mason, M. J. (2010). Mental health, school problems, and social networks: Modeling urban adolescent substance use. J Primary Prevent, 31, 321-331.