About Us


The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is an FIU Preeminent Program and a world-class clinical research center dedicated to improving the lives of children and families struggling with mental health problems.

Founded and led by Dr. William E. Pelham, Jr., a pioneer in child mental health research and treatment—the CCF is a one-stop care facility that helps more than 3,500 families each year to reach their full potential by teaching children and their families the skills they need to cope and succeed.

The CCF is devoted to providing effective, low-cost clinical services for the following concerns:

  • ADHD and disruptive behavioral problems
  • Anxiety
  • Social & developmental concerns
  • Depression and other mood conditions
  • Family stress and relationships
  • School readiness


The Center for Children and Families provides year-round therapeutic services and programs including:

  • Infant and early childhood services
  • Family and couples counseling
  • Customized individual treatment for children
  • Parent training
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Video teleconferencing therapy
  • School-based services



The CCF offers several 8-week summer camp programs for children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. Group and tailored individual treatment plans are focused on improving problem-solving, academic functioning and social skills—while also incorporating recreational, age-appropriate games and group activities. Weekly training sessions are also provided to parents to help them develop the skills needed to change their child's behavior at home and support their progress.


Children’s mental health disorders are among the most costly, harmful, and prevalent challenges faced in modern medicine.

Through cutting-edge research, the CCF’s goal is to advance the understanding of the cause, course, and outcome of child and adolescent mental health disorders. To achieve this goal, the center have amassed a team of more than 40 researchers and clinical experts across multiple areas of study.

In 2014-2015 alone, CCF researchers published more than 100 journal articles and made more than 200 presentations nationally. Associated faculty have received multiple national awards in research excellence from prestigious groups including the American Academy of Forensic Psychology-Law Society, the American Psychological Association, National Institute on Drug Abuse and other esteemed associations.

The center’s research has also been featured in prominent national and international media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Time, Slate and Univision.


The Center for Children and Families offers the next generation of mental health professionals training and mentoring opportunities through undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

Through its partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and the Children’s Trust, the center has provided professional development training to more than 6,000 M-DCPS teachers and staff in nearly 400 schools that has improved classroom experiences for educators and students.

The CCF also provides evidence-based resources and training opportunities for mental health professionals and families worldwide available here on our website.