Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies
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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

 

 

 

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION

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

TEEN NETWORK STUDY Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, M.S.
Project Manager
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: zaharakisn@mymail.vcu.edu

 

TEEN TOBACCO STUDY Contact:

Laura King, MPH
Project Coordinator
(804) 828-4725
kingld@vcu.edu

 

Interested in getting involved in research as a

participant, volunteer or intern? Contact:

Nikola Zaharakis, M.S.
Project Manager
Phone: (804) 628-0238
Email: zaharakisn@mymail.vcu.edu