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 program is its diversity.

Participating faculty have expertise in normal development, psychopathology, psychophysiology and public health. This diversity allows for four broad areas of research training: 1) developmental processes and risk factors (emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in risk contexts); 2) pediatric psychology/psychiatry including HIV, obesity, asthma; 3) biological basis of biobehavioral regulation including genetics, chronobiology and neuroimaging; and 4) childhood mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.


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:

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

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

Daniel Dickstein, M.D.
Mood Disorders & Neuroimaging

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

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

Elissa Jelalian, Ph.D.
Pediatric Weight Control

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

Barry Lester, Ph.D.
Perinatal Risk Factors

Richard Liu, Ph.D.
Depression, Suicide, and Self-harm

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

Ronald Seifer, Ph.D. 
Developmental Psychopathology, Early Childhood Intervention

Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D.    
Developmental Disorders

Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., ABPP
Adolescent Psychopathology

Jennifer Wolff, Ph.D.
Treatment Development and Implementation