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Through cutting-edge research, we aim to provide the highest-quality care for children and adolescents affected by mental illness. With a team of more than 30 of the nation's best researchers and experts, and the assistance of university partnerships and federal funding, we continue to gain new insights into the causes, processes, effects and treatment of child and adolescent mental health disorders.


  • Advance evidence-based knowledge of the causes, mechanisms, outcomes, and interventions for mental health and learning problems of youth
  • Promote the development of effective treatments and prevention through scholarly research
  • Provide state-of-the-art prevention and treatment services to children and families in South Florida
  • Educate students, consumers, and professionals in mental health, education, and primary care


  • 194 papers published by our faculty in the 2020 fiscal year
  • Our center obtained $21.2 million in external funding during the 2020 fiscal year.
  • $155.5+ million in external funding since 2010 from sources including the National Institutes of Health, Institution of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, The Children’s Trust and the State of Florida
  • 16 awards given to our faculty in the 2020 fiscal year for research excellence from groups including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Psychological Society and American Psychological Association.

Online Resources

We want to equip everyone with the knowledge and tools to support children and families everywhere through every life stage. Our resources are a starting point. Browse downloadable resources below, or browse video presentations and trainings created by FIU and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, co-sponsored by The Children’s Trust.