Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies (CICFS)





Our Mission:


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




About Us:


CICFS is the research office located at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within VCU's departmetn 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. 




Specific Aims:

Our aims include the following: conduct high-quality research on child mental health, translate scientific findings to applied evidence-based interventions, improve assessment, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems in children, adolescents, and families, serve as a resource to individuals and organizations by providing training, technical assistance, and research services, utilize a multidisciplinary approach to offer appropriate services in response to needs identified by the community, enhance understanding of broader, community, and cultural mental health issues that impact children and families, and endorse and promote prevention and early intervention approaches toward mental health.