Research in Child Mental Health T32

NIH/Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Child Mental Health Research

The T32 Research Training Program in Child Mental Health prepares post-residency psychiatrists, postdoctoral psychologists, and behavioral scientists to conduct independent research in the area of child mental health as full-time University faculty members.

The program is a two-year fellowship in which research fellows train under the guidance of experienced mentors. It includes didactic work, grant writing, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research. 

A central characteristic of the Child Mental Health Research Program is its diversity and breadth. Participating faculty mentors have expertise in a range of areas including:1) developmental psychopathology  and risk factors, with emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; 2)pediatric psychology/ psychiatry with an emphasis on HIV, obesity, and asthma; 3) biological basis of biobehavioral regulation with an emphasis on chronobiology; 4) health disparities; 5) implementation science; 6) youth  mood, anxiety and substance use disorders; and7) treatment development.


Research trainees select an established mentor whose area of research matches well with their own. Learn more about the research and clinical interests for faculty mentors listed below.

The primary mentors are:

David Barker, Ph.D.
Applied Statistical Modeling

Kristen Benito, Ph.D.
Pediatric OCD/Anxiety Disorders

Larry Brown, M.D.
Adolescent HIV Risk

Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D. 
Chronobiology and Sleep

Yovanska Duarte-Velez, Ph.D.
Culturally-Centered Treatment

Rani Elwy, Ph.D.
Implementation Science 

Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D. 
Pediatric OCD/Anxiety Disorders

Christopher Houck, Ph.D.
Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior and Emotion Regulation

Jeff Hunt, M.D.
Pediatric Mood Disorders

Elissa Jelalian, Ph.D.
Weight Regulation

Kathleen Kemp, Ph.D.
Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health, Dissemination and Implementation

Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, Ph.D.
Pediatric Health Disparities

Barry Lester, Ph.D.
Perinatal Risk Factors

Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., ABPP 
Asthma and Families

Eric Morrow, M.D., Ph.D.
Genetics of Developmental Disorders

Nicole Nugent, Ph.D.
Traumatic Stress and Interplay of Biology and Social Context 

Stephanie Parade, Ph.D.
Developmental Psychopathology, Early Childhood Intervention

Jessica R. Peters, Ph.D.  
Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder, Menstrual Cycle, LGBTQ+

Jared Saletin, Ph.D.
Pediatric Sleep and Cognitive Functioning

Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., ABPP
Adolescent Psychopathology

Audrey Tyrka, M.D., Ph.D. 
Social, Behavioral and Molecular Mechanisms of Risk and Resilience

Jennifer Wolff, Ph.D.
Treatment Development and Implementation