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In JAMA Psychiatry Article, Child Mind Institute Researchers Offer New Insights into How to Make Functional MRI Findings More Useful to Researchers and Clinicians

January 13, 2021

Technology is an Essential Tool for Improving Our Understanding of Mental Health and Learning Disorders and How to Better Treat Them

New York, NY – Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has emerged as one of the most promising tools for developing objective, brain-based laboratory tests and growth charts that can be used to guide clinical decision-making and interventions for mental health and learning disorders. Despite myriad advances over the past two decades of fMRI research, the field is yet to address lingering concerns about measurement reliability – a fundamental prerequisite for any clinically useful test in medicine.


Morgan Stanley Announces Grant to the Child Mind Institute to Advance Children’s Mental Health Research during COVID-19

January 13, 2021

Morgan Stanley today announced a grant to support two research studies from the Child Mind Institute that will raise awareness and inform intervention strategies of children’s mental health issues during COVID-19. This $274,000 grant extends a survey project called CRISIS (CoRonavIruS Health and Impact Survey), and supports a new study to assess problematic internet usage behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Talk to your Kids with Dr. Rachel Busman

January 8, 2021

First COVID-19 altered their daily life. No more playdates with friends and in-person learning five days a week. And now, what do you tell your kids about the recent riots on Capitol Hill? Dr. Rachel Busman, senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, joins Joan Hamburg to tell us how to navigate tough talks with our children and when it’s time to get them professional help.

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How To Talk To Kids About Scary News

January 8, 2021

“In our efforts to understand what is happening in the world, we might not realize how much the television or other news outlets are on,” noted Rachel Busman, senior director of the Child Mind Institute’s Anxiety Disorders Center. “With the kids home as much as they are, it’s important to limit constant media exposure.”

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Don’t shy away from talking to kids about the Capitol riot. They know more than you think.

January 7, 2021

Dave Anderson, a clinical psychologist with the Child Mind Institute, says we need to assume our kids are internalizing their emotions after learning of the events at the Capitol. “We are delusional if we’re thinking they don’t already have stress. … It’s affecting them and making them think about, ‘What does this mean about the world we live in?’ ” he says.

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How to talk to your kids about the chaos at the Capitol

January 6, 2021

Janine Domingues, a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety and mood disorders at the Child Mind Institute, says you can start off by asking kids what they know and what they’ve heard, because they’re absorbing it in the background.

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It’s OK if you’ve used your phone too much this year

December 23, 2020

"While we are in a Covid world, we need to be kind and patient with ourselves with how we're using technology," Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, told CNN Business. "We may not have preferred to be online as much as we are but that may be the reality we have to accept to get through each day."

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‘It’s really hard because of COVID-19’: Letters to Santa reveal toll pandemic is taking on kids

December 21, 2020

"You don't lie to Santa, so it's almost like writing in your diary," said Dr. Natalie Weder, with the Child Mind Institute. "Sometimes we as parents we want to fix things, want our kids to feel OK, can't tolerate their pain. It is very important we listen to them and take their concerns seriously. If we don't, they feel like we don't understand them and keep things inside, and they can feel more isolated."

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Mom warns parents after son charges $16K on in-app game purchases

December 18, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Samar, a clinical psychologist at the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, said parents should ask themselves what lessons they want their child to learn.

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Child Mind Institute Researchers Receive Prestigious Award from National Institute for Mental Health

December 17, 2020

Team is recognized with the 2020 NIMH Director’s Award for the development of CRISIS, an innovative COVID mood study

New York, NY – Researchers from the Child Mind Institute are part of a team that has been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) with a prestigious Director’s Award for their development of Coronavirus Healthy and Impact Survey (CRISIS), a mood survey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The award was presented today by NIMH Leadership during the 2020 NIMH Virtual Director’s Award Ceremony.