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CICFS IN THE MEDIA:

Recently, several CICFS studies have been featured in various news and media sources:

VCU News: Researchers use text messages to reduce teen smoking

WVTF Public Radio: VCU Researchers Use Texts to Curb Teen Smoking

The Wall Street Journal: How to Cut Student Drinking

 

OUR MISSION:

To enhance the mental health of children and families through scientific research and the dissemination of empirical evidence.

 

ABOUT US:

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
(804) 628-3375
mjmason@vcu.edu

Participation

Are you interested in getting involved in research or in employment or internship opportunities?

Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Coordinator
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: nikola.zaharakis@vcuhealth.org

 

Are you currently involved in one of our studies and have questions?

TEEN NETWORK STUDY Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Coordinator
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: nikola.zaharakis@vcuhealth.org

 

fMRI - TEEN TOBACCO STUDY Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Coordinator
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: nikola.zaharakis@vcuhealth.org

 

TEEN TEXT 4 MENTAL HEALTH STUDY Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Coordinator
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: nikola.zaharakis@vcuhealth.org