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Through cutting-edge research, our goal is to provide the highest-quality care for children and adolescents affected by mental illness. With a team of more than 40 of the nation's best researchers and experts, the assistance of federal funding and university partnerships, the Center for Children and Families continues to make discoveries about the cause, process, effects and treatment of child and adolescent mental health disorders.

Our Objectives

  • 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.

Research Highlights

176  - Papers published by CCF faculty in FY 2017

$80m - CCF has secured since 2010 in external funding from many sources like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Institution of Education Sciences (IES), National Science Foundation (NSF), The Children’s Trust, and the State of Florida.

15 - Awards given to faculty in FY 16 for research excellence from prestigious national groups including the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association.



By working with children and their families, we are able to establish effective treatments and prevent childhood mental health disorders. 

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Through cutting-edge research, we have published hundreds of articles in prominent journals that advance our efforts to increase the understanding and treatment of mental health and learning disorders in children and adolescents. 

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