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Forum for Children’s Well-Being: Promoting Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health for Children and Youth

Project Scope:

The Board on Children, Youth, and Families will establish a Forum for Children’s Wellbeing: Promoting Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health for Children and Youth.  The Forum will engage in dialogue and discussion to connect the prevention, treatment, and implementation sciences with settings where children are seen and cared for, including primary health care, schools, preschools and child care, social service and child welfare, juvenile justice, family court, military, and community based organizations, and to create systems that are effective and affordable in addressing children’s needs.

Status: Current


RSO: Le Menestrel, Suzanne


Behavioral and Social Sciences
Health and Medicine

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

William R. Beardslee - (Co-Chair)
William R. Beardslee, M.D. (Co-Chair), directs the Baer Prevention Initiatives at Boston Children's Hospital, is Senior Research Scientist at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, and the Distinguished Gardner-Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Beardslee's long-standing research interest has centered on the development of children at risk because of parental adversities such as mental illness or poverty. His work is focused on the ways in which self- and shared understanding help individuals and families cope with adversity. His early work described civil rights workers and how they endured and significantly changed the South. He studied resilience in survivors of cancer and in children of depressed parents. This led to the development of effective public health interventions for families facing depression, and a ten year randomized trial that showed they were safe and led to lasting gains. This received high ratings in the National Registry of Effective Programs and is being disseminated widely in Finland, Norway, Costa Rica, and in the United States. Dr. Beardslee and his colleagues adapted the principles in a teacher training and empowerment program for use in Head Start and Early Head Start called Family Connections. He directs the Boston site of a multisite study on the prevention of depression in adolescents using Greg Clarke’s cognitive-behavioral model. This work has demonstrated sustained preventive effects for more than 60 months after enrollment. He is the author of over 225 scientific articles and two books: The Way Out Must Lead In: Life Histories in the Civil Rights Movement and Out of the Darkened Room: Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family When a Parent is Depressed. Dr. Beardslee has received numerous awards including the Blanche F. Ittleson Award of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding published research contributing to the mental health of children, the Catcher in the Rye Award for Advocacy of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Human Rights Award from the Department of Mental Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Emory University and the Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research and in 2012, was awarded the Judge Baker Children’s Center World of Children Award. Dr. Beardslee is on the Board of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Task Force, and Families for Depression Awareness. He served as a member of the Institute of Medicine-National Research Council (IOM-NRC) Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Healthy Development of Young Children, and the IOM-NRC Committee on Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth, and Young Adults.
C. H. Brown - (Co-Chair)
C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., M.A. (Co-Chair), is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He directs the NIDA- funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and HIV, and an NIMH-funded study to synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. He is also the co-director of the CDC funded Prevention of Youth Violence Center. Since 1985, he has received NIH funding to direct the Prevention Science and Methodology Group (PSMG), now a national network of over 250 scientists and methodologists who are working on the design of preventive field trials and their analysis, and implementation of prevention programs. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, depression, and suicide. Brown co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health has been a member of the recent National Academy of Medicine committee on prevention science, as well as serving on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.
Harolyn M. Belcher
Harolyn M. E. Belcher, M.D., MHA, is the director of the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is PI of three Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health leadership training programs to promote diversity in public health research, training, and leadership experiences for undergraduate, public health graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary students. Dr. Belcher is the co-director of the National Center for Health Policy Research Scholars funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Belcher received 5-year funding from HRSA to promote diversity in the maternal and child field. Dr. Belcher was Principal Investigator (PI) of two National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and completed a K-award from National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate a curriculum that promotes parental emotional well-being and knowledge of child development for young parents of children enrolled in Early Head Start. She is co-PI on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to conduct a cost comparison of two evidence-based parent interventions for young children with emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Belcher was co-investigator on a community-based Head Start family and child behavioral health prevention intervention grant funded by SAMHSA. In addition, Dr. Belcher was the PI on a SAMHSA grant providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment, health care, social work, parent education, and evaluations for women who were pregnant and drug-dependent and, following birth, their children. Dr. Belcher collaborated on community-based initiatives to support recruitment and parent education of African American parents participating in church-based foster care for children with drug exposure and HIV infection in Tampa, Florida. While in Florida, Dr. Belcher was the director of the Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI) program at University of South Florida. The DEI program provided center and home-based evaluation and treatment services for infants and young children who were treated in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and whose families’ incomes were at 250% of poverty or lower. This program expanded to serve children and families in five counties. Dr. Belcher received her B.S. in zoology from Howard University in 1980, her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1982, and her master's in health science focusing on mental health in 2002 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Thomas F. Boat
Thomas F. Boat, M.D., is the dean emeritus of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Earlier he was the director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. A Pediatric pulmonologist by training, Dr. Boat worked early in his career to define the pathophysiology of airway dysfunction and more effective therapies for chronic lung diseases of childhood such as cystic fibrosis. More recently he worked at local and national levels to improve child health research efforts, subspecialty training and clinical care. He has a special interest in issues posed by children’s mental health for pediatric care, research and training, and he is working in Cincinnati and nationally to promote children’s behavioral health. Dr. Boat joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1993 after serving as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and served as co-chair of the IOM Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, as well as vice-chair of the IOM Consensus Committee on Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders among Young People. He has continued to advocate for children at risk as a member of the Board of Children, Youth and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). He chaired IOM consensus committees addressing Research Training in Psychiatry Residency, Rare Diseases and Orphan Products: Accelerating Research and Development, Safe and Effective Medicines for Children, and Mental Disorders and Disabilities among Low-income Children. Dr. Boat has been a member of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs board of directors, and served as its board president. He also has served as chair of the American Board of Pediatrics and president of both the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society. He received an M.D. from the University of Iowa.
Felesia R. Bowen
Felesia R. Bowen, Ph.D., APN, is assistant professor and director of the Center for Urban Youth at Rutgers University College of Nursing. She is also a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Newark Community Health Centers, a network of federally qualified health care centers that provide comprehensive primary care services to children. As a nurse scientist, Dr. Bowen's work is focused on health inequities experienced by children who live in urban settings (asthma, oral health, obesity and trauma/adverse childhood experiences). She received her Ph.D. in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing.
Nathaniel Counts
Nathaniel Z. Counts, J.D., is Senior Policy Director at Mental Health America where he works on innovative federal and state policy solutions for problems in behavioral health. In particular, he focuses on issues in incentive alignment and sustainable financing in behavioral health care, as well as issues in population health. Mr. Counts serves on the Board of Directors for the One Circle Foundation, CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD), and the Flawless Foundation. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy Student Fellow, and his B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins University. His most recent publication was "Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law and Practice" in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
J. David Hawkins
J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development or prevention of problem behaviors; and to test comprehensive prevention strategies which seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, peer groups and communities. Dr. Hawkins is the co-developer of the “Communities That Care” prevention system, the Guiding Good Choices, Preparing for School Success, and Staying Connected with Your Teen parenting programs, and co-developer of the Social Development Model, a theory which provides a foundation for positive development and delinquency and drug abuse prevention. Dr. Hawkins is a current member of the Institute of Medicine-National Research Council (IOM-NRC) Board on Children, Youth and Families. He was a member of the IOM Committee on Prevention of Mental Disorders that produced the report Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders: Frontiers for Preventive Intervention Research.
Kelly Kelleher
Kelly J. Kelleher, M.D., MPH, is the director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and vice president of Health Services Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also on faculty at Nationwide’s Center for Injury Research and Policy, Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, and Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program. Dr. Kelleher is also Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental disorders, substance abuse or violence. He has a longstanding interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and substance abuse services. He earned an M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Uma R. Kotagal
Uma R. Kotagal, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., is the executive leader for Cincinnati Children’s Community and Population health efforts. In this role, she collaborates internally across teams, and externally with local partners, to improve the health of children in the Greater Cincinnati Region. She also serves a broader role as a Senior Fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she consults on behalf of and is an ambassador for Cincinnati Children’s with other organizations. She formerly served as Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Transformation and Executive Director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As director of the Anderson Center, Dr. Kotagal oversaw the transformation of the health care system in Cincinnati and supported the development of Learning Networks. Dr. Kotagal has also served as director of the neonatal intensive care units at the University Hospital and at Cincinnati Children’s. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health and a visiting professor at the Tufts New England Medical Center, in the Division of Clinical Decision Making, completing additional training in the field of decision and cost effectiveness analyses. Dr. Kotagal was born in Bombay, India, where she received her undergraduate and her medical degree from the University of Bombay. Dr. Kotagal is Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, and chairs the Quality Improvement Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association. Previously, she served as a member of the advisory committee of the Toronto Patient Safety Center and as an associate editor of BMJ Quality and Safety. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has spent the past 30 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. She has mounted 22 randomized controlled trials evaluating intervention programs to improve health outcomes for children and families. Several of these programs have received national and international recognition, including designation as model programs by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has authored or co-authored more than 300 journal articles and has received more than 70 grants from the National Institute of Health.
Jose Szapocznik
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Health Sciences, Architecture, Psychology and Educational Research and Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami. Szapocznik is Chair Emeritus of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Honorary Founding Director of the Miami Clinical Translational Science Institute at University of Miami, the only Clinical and Translational Science Award program co-funded because of its focus on culturalized health sciences by the National Center for Advancing Translations Science and the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHHD). Dr. Szapocznik’s primary research focus has been the role of context (culture, family) on adolescent problem behavior, and the development and testing of family-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of drug abusing and problem behavior in Hispanic adolescents. With colleagues at the Center for Family Studies, he has conducted theoretical and empirical work testing some of the basic assumptions of family therapy, developing an evidence-based intervention Brief Strategic Family Therapy® and a number of culturally-specific variations of this approach, extending this family therapy to overcoming the problem of engaging hard-to-reach families, and investigating the underlying mechanisms of action in Brief Strategic Family Therapy. As PI of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded Florida Node Alliance of NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, he is translating treatment research into clinical practice throughout the State of Florida, and in sites in Colorado, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. This partnership between 13 university-based centers and 400 community-based substance abuse treatment and health care provider settings is implementing drug abuse treatment effectiveness research in the front lines of practice. Dr. Szapocznik also developed a highly interdisciplinary program of research on the relationship between the built environment, behavior, psychological functioning, social processes, biomedical mediators and physical health outcomes. This work has focused on aspects of the built environment that affect school age Hispanic children’s behavioral adjustment, the psychological and physical adjustment of Hispanic elders, the risks factors to weight gain and related chronic disorders in Hispanic immigrants, and the impact of greenness on the number of chronic diseases among Medicare beneficiaries. According the Blue Ridge Institute’s last report, Dr. Szapocznik was in 2015 among the top 150 National Institutes of Health (NIMH)-funded investigators in the world. He has mentored a large cadre of minority graduate students and junior faculty who are now in academic positions. He has held a number of policy advisory roles including membership in the National Advisory Councils for NIMH, NIDA, NIMHD, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Rumeli Banik - (Ex Officio Member)
Rumeli Banik, Ph.D., is the program officer for the Child Well-being Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Her work involves promoting positive child and family outcomes and preventing child abuse and neglect through supporting evidence-based prevention strategies that build on the assets and strengths of vulnerable children, families, and communities. Specifically, she focuses on advancing cross-systems collaboration to reduce inequities in access to health and human services, increasing data and evidence use to communicate the impact of interventions and policies that affect vulnerable populations, building a pipeline for strong and innovative leaders from diverse backgrounds to better serve children and families, and testing creative financing strategies to determine the most effective approaches to support child and family well-being. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a co-principal investigator of a study about the role of Latina mothers’ parenting experiences on early childhood development at Fordham University. Her prior research examined how differences in the experiences of the transition to parenthood influence adjustment to parenthood in first-time mothers from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds. She has also developed a workshop about parenting skills and child development for caregivers of young children at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Earlier in her career, she designed and implemented evidence-based parenting program content for culturally and socioeconomically diverse families of children birth to age five as a community-based child development specialist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Banik earned a doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, and a Master of Arts in child development and a Bachelor of Arts in child development and biomedical engineering from Tufts University.
Rahil D. Briggs - (Ex Officio Member)
Rahil D. Briggs, Psy.D., is national director of HealthySteps. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the program’s operations, financial sustainability, evaluation and research, policy, model enhancements, and professional development and training. She comes to this role after a successful career at Montefiore Health System in New York, where she grew the HealthySteps footprint from one to 21 practices, serving over 30,000 children annually. The Montefiore HealthySteps model informed the roll out of HealthySteps throughout New York State. Additionally, Dr. Briggs is the founder and former director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group, one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric behavioral health services in the nation. Dr. Briggs is the editor of Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation, published by Springer (2016) and the recipient of the 2018 Healthcare Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. She is associate professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work at New York University.
Debbie I. Chang - (Ex Officio Member)
Debbie I. Chang, MPH, is Senior Vice President of Policy and Prevention and a Corporate Officer for Nemours Children’s Health System. Ms. Chang works to leverage Nemours’ expertise and experience to spread what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health and well-being of children nationwide. She co-directs Moving Health Care Upstream, a national collaborative network to test, develop, and spread innovative population health strategies. Ms. Chang was the founding executive cirector of Nemours Health & Prevention Services, an operating division devoted to using a comprehensive multi-sector, place-based model to improve children’s health in Delaware. She serves on the Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum, the National Center for Children in Poverty, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Board on Children, Youth and Families and NASEM Roundtables on Population Health and Improvement and Obesity Solutions, the University of Michigan Griffith Leadership Center Board, and the Winter Park Health Foundation Board. Nemours is a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the National Convergence Partnership, a unique collaboration of leading foundations focused on healthy people and healthy places. Ms. Chang has more than 28 years of federal and state government and private sector experience in the health field. She has held key government positions including Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with oversight for Maryland’s Medicaid program and National Director of State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) when it was first implemented in 1997 at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Chang’s work on population health, child health systems transformation, Medicaid, SCHIP, and Nemours' prevention-oriented health system including its CDC Pioneering Innovation award-winning statewide childhood obesity program has been widely published. Ms. Chang holds a master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Martha B. Davis - (Ex Officio Member)
Martha B. Davis, MSS, is a Senior Program Officer at the he Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work focuses on the root causes of violence, including child abuse and intimate partner violence. She seeks to address violence through her work in strengthening families to create nurturing, healthy environments that promote children’s positive development. She was the co-founder and executive director of the Institute for Safe Families (ISF), a Philadelphia non-profit organization. She developed innovative programming, guided ISF’s initiatives as an incubator for state-of-the-art ideas, and convened forums to promote dialogue and collaboration across systems. Ms. Davis’ work at ISF included presenting and writing on family violence issues both nationally and locally. For more than 18 years, she also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Community College of Philadelphia, where she taught courses in behavioral health, including working with groups, developing helping skills, and family violence and trauma. Ms. Davis holds an MSS from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Research.
Alexa Eggleston - (Ex Officio Member)
Alexa Eggleston, J.D., leads implementation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s youth substance use prevention and early intervention initiative. Previously, she served for three years as Substance Abuse Program Director with the Council of State Governments Justice Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she was responsible for advising governmental and non-governmental agencies on developing and implementing substance abuse treatment and other rehabilitative services for individuals in the criminal justice system. Eggleston also worked as Director of Public Policy for the National Council for Behavioral Health where she conducted public policy activities to increase access to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services through federal legislation. She also spent several years as the Director of National Policy for the Legal Action Center where she directed policy and government relations activities to improve laws and policies that affect people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records. She received her Juris Doctor from University of Maryland.
Lynda Gargan - (Ex Officio Member)
Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., is executive director for the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Throughout her career, she has worked across the nation providing technical assistance and training to ensure that all individuals are afforded the opportunity to live in the community of their choice. Dr. Gargan served as the project manager and project director, respectively, for two federal supported employment technical assistance centers. She more recently served as CEO for an agency specializing in Intensive in-home family therapy services. Dr. Gargan has a wealth of experience in community-based behavioral health at the local, state, and national levels. She has a rich background in field research, including longitudinal studies in multiple class action law suits. Dr. Gargan currently serves as a partner in the national evaluation of system of care grantees. She also serves as principle collaborator with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition. Drawing upon both her personal and professional experiences, Dr. Gargan serves as a tireless champion for the mission and vision of the National Federation. Under her guidance, the National Federation has fully operationalized the Parent Support Provider Certification Initiative, an innovative peer support workforce initiative that utilizes the lived experience and specialized training of parents to assist and empower families who are raising children and youth with behavioral health challenges. Dr. Gargan earned a doctorate degree in Psychology from Madison University in 1990.
Kimberly E. Hoagwood - (Ex Officio Member)
Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, Ph.D., is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her research portfolio focuses on four areas: child, adolescent and family outcomes; parent engagement and activation; implementation science in policy contexts; and quality measurement. She also works with the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) as a Research Scientist. Dr. Hoagwood received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Hoagwood was Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University. Before that, she was Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research in the Office of the Director at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she also directed the Child and Adolescent Services Research program. Dr. Hoagwood is Director and Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded Advanced Center on Implementation and Dissemination Science in States for Children and Families (called the IDEAS Center) (P30 MH090322) and the Evidence-based Treatment Dissemination Center, funded by the NYSOMH. She is Co-Director with Mary McKay of the Community Technical Assistance Center, which serves all of the child serving agencies in New York State. She is Principal Investigator on several other major grants and subcontracts, all focused on improving the quality of services and outcomes for children and families.
Jennifer Kaminski - (Ex Officio Member)
Jennifer Kaminski, Ph.D., is Team Lead for the Child Development Studies Team within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She began her work with the CDS Team in 2009. Her work has focused on parenting, children’s mental health, and evaluation of public health strategies. She led the longitudinal follow-up study of the randomized trial of Legacy for Children™, a parenting intervention for improving child developmental outcomes in low-income families, and led publication of the first outcome results in the American Journal of Public Health. She was the lead author and data analyst on a meta-analytic study of components associated with parent training program effectiveness published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, as well as data analyst on a meta-analytic study of components associated with home visiting program effectiveness published in Pediatrics. Dr. Kaminski is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and has served on the Executive Committee of APA Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) and as President of APA’s Section on Child Maltreatment. From 2002-2009, she was a Behavioral Scientist in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, providing technical expertise on evaluations of programs to prevent child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence and suicide. Dr. Kaminski completed her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002, where she collaborated on evaluations of adolescent pregnancy prevention programs, a program for non-offending parents of children who had been sexually abused, and a local Child Advocacy Center.
Laurel K. Leslie - (Ex Officio Member)
Laurel K. Leslie, M.D., M.P.H., is Vice President of Research at the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Community Medicine and Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. A developmental-behavioral pediatrician, she is committed to research that focuses on the identification and treatment of developmental and mental health needs of children and adolescents across the health, mental health, school, and child welfare sectors. She is particularly interested in mechanisms for linking research, policy, and practice to improve outcomes for children and adolescents. Dr. Leslie also maintains an active interest in defining the future of pediatric practice and education. She received her medical degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Mary Ann McCabe - (Ex Officio Member)
Mary Ann McCabe, Ph.D., ABPP is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Affiliate Faculty in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. She is also a clinical psychologist and consultant in independent practice. Dr. McCabe is Past- President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice and a member of a task force on integrated care for the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She led the planning of two national interdisciplinary summits on child mental health in 2009 and 2013, is Chair of the APA Interdivisional Task Force for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and is Chair of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families that has developed a new web resource center: Most recently Dr. McCabe was Director of the Office for Policy and Communications for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) where she oversaw bridging research with policy and practice and directed the SRCD Congressional and Executive Branch policy fellowship programs. Previously, she was the Director of Health Psychology and Director of Training in Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center. Her areas of scholarship have included knowledge transfer across research, practice and policy, promoting child mental health, and minors' capacity for involvement in decision making about medical and mental health treatment and research.
Andy Shih - (Ex Officio Member)
Andy Shih, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President for Public Health and Inclusion at Autism Speaks where he works closely with members of Autism Speaks’ Board, Scientific Advisory Committee, senior staff and volunteer leadership to develop and implement the organization’s research program. He oversees the public health portfolio, which includes Autism Speaks' Global Autism Public Health Initiative, an international advocacy and development effort currently active in over 70 countries that integrates awareness, research, and service development. Dr. Shih and his team serve as technical adviser to ministries and other government agencies by facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration and sourcing needed content expertise and other technical resources with the goal of delivering community-based feasible, cost-effective and sustainable solutions. His research background includes published studies in gene identification and characterization, virus-cell interaction, and cell-cycle regulation. He was instrumental in the cloning of a family of small GTPases involved in cell-cycle control and nuclear transport, and holds three patents on nucleic acids-based diagnostics and therapeutics. Prior to focusing on Autism Speaks’ public health/international development efforts, Andy oversaw the organization’s investments in genetics, environmental sciences, epidemiology and assistive technologies.
Vera F. Tait - (Ex Officio Member)
Vera Francis “Fan” Tait, M.D., FAAP, is a pediatric neurologist and is Associate Executive Director and Director of the Department of Child Health and Wellness at the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 64,000 pediatricians. Some of her responsibilities at the Academy include: Bright Futures; the Council on School Health; the Council on Children with Disabilities; the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness; the National Center on Medical Home Implementation; foster care; the Institute on Healthy Childhood Weight; children’s mental health; violence and injury prevention; early brain and child development; epigenetics, and childhood resilience.
Carmen J. Thornton - (Ex Officio Member)
Carmen J. Thornton, MPH, is director of research, training, and education at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). In this role, she tracks the prevalence and magnitude of child and adolescent psychiatric problems and works with AACAP membership committees to address workforce issues around the supply of practitioners, including a focus on recruitment and funding. She has published articles, editorials, and interviews on health equity, child adolescent and school health, teen pregnancy, and addressing the public health research to practice divide. She received a Master of Public Health, with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention from George Washington University.
W. Douglas Tynan - (Ex Officio Member)
Doug Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP, is Director of Integrated Health Care and Acting Director of the Center for Psychology and Health at the American Psychological Association. Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and Health Psychology, Dr. Tynan has had a long career in education and psychology, starting out as a special education teacher at a school and summer camp program for children with autism. Following graduate school at Binghamton University, where he also worked on an autism treatment unit, he went on to develop team programs at Cumberland Hospital, a children’s rehabilitation hospital, than a second program at Children’s National Medical Center to reduce re-admissions for children with Type I diabetes. He then developed co-located health and mental health programs in pediatric clinics in medically underserved areas that emphasized screening and linkages to education programs. He also implemented effective evidence based programs for children with oppositional and defiant behaviors that have been successfully used for over 25 years. In Delaware he served as the mental health representative on the state early childhood council for 10 years, and helped to develop the system of education for early child education program teachers. He also served on the Committee for the Evaluation of Head Start on a national level. A Professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College, his interests are primarily in the coordination of health, mental health, education and social services to serve families more effectively and efficiently to address the needs of patients of all ages. In his current role at APA, he coordinates efforts on integrated care with other professional societies and is the PI on a CMMI practice innovation grant to encourage psychologists to work in integrated care settings. He received an M.S. from the University of Connecticut in infancy and early child development and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University.
Deborah K. Walker - (Ex Officio Member)
Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D., is the current president of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) and a former president of the American Public Health Association and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She formerly served as vice president and senior fellow at Abt Associates, Inc. and as associate commissioner for programs and prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Prior to state service, Dr. Walker was an associate professor of human development at the Harvard School of Public Health and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Walker has authored three books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Her research and policy interests include child and family policy, program implementation and evaluation, public health practice, disability policy, community health systems, health outcomes and data systems. She received her Ed.D. in human development from Harvard University.
Wendy Keenan - (Staff Officer)


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On October 10, the Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth will host a public dialogue on their recently released consensus report. Following this morning session, the Forum for Children’s Well-Being will convene a public workshop on the state of mental, emotional, and behavioral health of children and youth in the United States. The goals of this workshop are:

  • To evaluate the current state of the science of promoting mental, emotional, and behavioral health of children and youth, including how far we’ve come since the inception of the Forum, where we are now, and where we hope to go in the near and distant future
  • To explore how various sectors, initiatives, and community efforts can impact the healthy development of children and youth, and how they all can collaborate in these efforts
  • To review the past work of the Forum and to set the stage for the Forum’s strategic discussions for future activities

An agenda for this day-long event is available on the Forum’s website.


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stacey Smit
Contact Email:
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1993

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Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

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