To enhance the mental health of children and families through scientific research and the dissemination of empirical evidence.
We are housed within the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which is the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. We are part of Virginia Commonwealth University, department of Psychiatry, school of medicine, located in the downtown medical center.
CICFS provides research and program evaluation designed to improve mental health services to children, adolescents, and families.
The Institute also offers technical assistance, consultation services, and periodically provides research conferences.
The Institute is staffed by professionals from a variety of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, and public health. The staff works closely with clinicians, researchers, parents, families, and advocacy groups to address mental health issues and needs.
SUPPORT OUR WORK:
The Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies is doing great work for Richmond youth and families who need mental health and substance abuse care. With your help we can do more! To discuss making a donation to CICFS, please contact
Michael Mason, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, and Director
Are you currently involved in one of our studies and have quesitons?
TEEN NETWORK STUDY Contact:
TEEN TOBACCO STUDY Contact:
Laura King, MPH
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participant, volunteer or intern? Contact: