Physical, Emotional, Social Development and Mental Health
The Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health conducts research on the diagnosis, treatment, and neurobiology of childhood psychiatric disorders. Brain imaging, genetic, and drug treatment studies are ongoing and described on this site. This is where Judith Rapoport and Jay Giedd work and for a research geek about adolescent brain development, this is the place. It’s certainly not the only place where great brain research is happening, but it’s one of them.
The Human Connectome Project is another one of those places where great brain research is happening. The Human Connectome Project is a joint endeavor of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA (LONI, and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging ( at Massachusetts General Hospital, The project is funded by National Institute of Health.
Inside the Teenage Brain is a Frontline special that chronicled how scientists were exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers, but must be understood in the context of just how much in its beginning states this brain science stands.
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.
National Institutes of Mental Health provides a menu of services regarding adolescent mental health disorders and treatment, news and information and publications and research materials.
National Institutes of Mental Health provides extensive information on eating disorder symptoms, causes, treatments and references for further exploration.
National Institutes of Mental Health provides extensive information on depression, including information on symptoms, causes, treatments and references for further exploration.
National Institutes of Mental Health provides extensive information on bipolar disorder, including information on symptoms, causes, treatments and references for further exploration.
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy (SFBACCT) is a treatment group but also provides a lot of good information about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has been shown to be the most effective treatment for anxiety and related disorders. SFBACCT provides individual therapy, training, referrals and education.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, developed by Dan Olweus—arguably one of the world’s experts on bullying and aggression among children. This downloadable program description provides an outline for this SAMHSA model program to reduce bullying in elementary, middle and high schools.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center provides national and international training, education, research and are source center dedicated to protecting children and building healthy families.