Healthy Brain Network

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The study of brain development is the single most important route to new and better diagnostic tools and treatments. That’s why the Child Mind Institute is leading an unprecedented initiative to collect imaging and clinical data from 10,000 young people —and share this de-identified data with the global scientific community to accelerate discovery. In the process, this community-based research program, the Healthy Brain Network, is providing mental health evaluations and follow-up resources at no cost to 10,000 children.

All participants and their families will receive an extensive feedback session with a licensed clinician following their evaluation. And the comprehensive data provided — brain imaging and genetics, along with psychiatric, behavioral and cognitive information — will form an online database available to all. When the scientific community uses this data to identify biological markers of psychiatric illness, it will improve diagnosis and treatment from an objective biological perspective.

We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to advance the science of the developing brain to help these children.

Unlike other research efforts where data is held until papers are published, or longer, the Healthy Brain Network is committed to open science and will share its results with researchers around the world. In addition, the mobile units will take cutting-edge technologies out of the lab and into communities to facilitate data collection and to address the needs of children who may otherwise not have access to care.

The goal of the Healthy Brain Network is bold: to seek out biological markers of mental health disorders in the developing brain. Every day that knowledge grows closer. The community-based research center on Staten Island has begun collecting what will be the largest-ever database on the developing brain. Plans are in motion to open additional research centers in Brooklyn and other boroughs in the coming years to enable the study to succeed. As the Child Mind Institute president Harold Koplewicz says, “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to advance the science of the developing brain to help these children.”


Our Donors

The Healthy Brain Network is made possible by individuals and foundations who believe brain science can transform the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Margaret Bilotti
Brooklyn Nets
Agapi and Bruce Burkard
Linda and Arthur Carter
James Chang
Phyllis Green and Randolph Cōwen
Grieve Family Fund
Susan Miller and Byron Grote
Sarah and Geoff Gund
George Hall
Jonathan M. Harris Family Foundation
Joseph P. Healey
The Hearst Foundations
Eve and Ross Jaffe
Mindy Schneider and Michael Lesser
Howard & Irene Levine Family Foundation
Rachael and Marshall Levine
George and Nitzia Logothetis
Christine and Richard Mack
Julie Minskoff
Valerie Mnuchin
Morgan Stanley Foundation
Amy and John Phelan
Roberts Family Foundation
Jim and Linda Robinson Foundation, Inc.
Linda and Richard Schaps
Zibby Schwarzman
Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro
Laura and Harry Slatkin
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram
Amy and John Weinberg
Donors to the 2013 Child Advocacy Award Dinner Auction
Donors to the 2012 Brant Art Auction

To make a financial contribution or learn more about the impact this open-data, community-based study is having on science and the community, contact Naomi Downey, Director of Development at 646-625-4276.

Our Team

Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD
Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD

Phyllis Green and Randolph Cōwen Scholar; Director, Center for the Developing Brain; Director, Healthy Brain Network; Pediatric Psychopharmacologist

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Cameron Craddock, PhD
Cameron Craddock, PhD

Volunteer Research Scientist

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Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD
Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD

Dr. John and Consuela Phelan Scholar; Director of Population Neuroscience, Healthy Brain Network; Senior Scientist, Center for the Developing Brain

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Jasmine J. Escalera, PhD
Jasmine Escalera, PhD

Project Manager, Healthy Brain Network

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Alexis Alexander
Alexis Alexander, LCSW

Clinical Operations Manager, Healthy Brain Network

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Lindsay Alexander, MPH
Lindsay Alexander, MPH

Clinical Data Manager, Center for the Developing Brain

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Jennifer Andersen, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Charissa Andreotti
Charissa Andreotti, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager, Healthy Brain Network

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Emma Andrus, MSc

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Dala Badreddine

Extern, Healthy Brain Network

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Marijayne Bushey

Research Marketing Specialist, Healthy Brain Network

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Henry Butler

MRI Participant Navigator, Healthy Brain Network

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Nicholas Camacho

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Kimberly Cameron, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Healthy Brain Network

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Cassady Casey, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Victoria Castagna

Participant Navigator, Healthy Brain Network

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Elisha Chan

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Danielle Citera

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Margaret Dyson, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Brian Fradera

Intake Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Camille Gregory

Research Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Shana Harris

Participant Navigator, Healthy Brain Network

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Erin Hunt

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Danielle Kahn, LMSW

Social Worker, Healthy Brain Network

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Meagan Kovacs

MRI Research Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Eliza Kramer

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Ana Restrepo Lachman

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Grace McAlindin

Participant Navigator, Healthy Brain Network

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Laura Miller

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

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Giuseppe Minniti

Research Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Maureen Mintzer, PhD, NCSP

Associate Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Alexandra Nussbaum, MS, CCC-SLP
Alexandra Levine, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Learning and Development Center and Healthy Brain Network

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Amy Racanello, MSEd, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network

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Batya Septimus

Research Operations Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Tian Saltzman

Intake Coordinator, Healthy Brain Network

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Anna Smith, LMSW

Social Worker, Healthy Brain Network

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Rachel Waltz, LCSW

Social Worker, Healthy Brain Network

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