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A Year Like No Other: The Pandemic Inspires New Research

A Year Like No Other:
The Pandemic Inspires New Research

The Child Mind Institute is conducting breakthrough research to better understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the developing brain, with a view to delivering more effective mental health interventions now and during future crises.

Our Scientific Research Agenda

The Child Mind Institute leads cutting-edge, open science research that leverages advances in neuroscience, technology and data analytics to redefine our understanding of the developing brain and improve children’s mental health diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

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Healthy Brain Network Research at the Child Mind Institute

COVID-19 and the Healthy Brain Network Study

Through the landmark Healthy Brain Network study, our researchers are building the world’s largest, most comprehensive dataset on the developing brain and sharing it freely with the scientific community to accelerate the pace of discovery within children’s mental health.

The coronavirus pandemic led to the temporary closure of our research centers and the use of partial remote evaluations to keep staff and participants safe. We are pleased to share that in addition to these remote measures, we are now offering in-person evaluations with added health and safety measures.

“The Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network study helped us understand how our teenage son was wired, which in turn helped us give him the tools and confidence to succeed in school and beyond. Their psychologists and clinicians were first rate and the study’s diagnostic testing was comprehensive. Everyone involved was warm and efficient and provided an atmosphere of trust. They made what could have been a scary experience into a journey to greater understanding of our son.”

Researching the Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic

To learn about the emotional impact the pandemic is having across society, our researchers developed CrisisLogger.org, a website where people log their experiences of the pandemic as audio, video or text entries. CrisisLogger uses novel technology to capture critical qualitative information and key themes in participants’ fears, frustrations and hopes during the pandemic, a breakthrough for researchers across disciplines.

Additionally, through both the Coronavirus Health and Impact Survey (CRISIS), a study that examines the risk factors for negative mental health outcomes during the pandemic for children and adults, and a separate study about problematic internet usage in young people during the pandemic, our researchers are gathering new information to inform more effective interventions now and in the future. Both of these studies are generously supported by the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s Alliance for Children’s Mental Health.

“There are still so many kids waiting for care. The Child Mind Institute has the tools and expertise, and with your help we will continue to make transformative strides in the way we understand, talk about and treat our children’s mental health.”

Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
President, Child Mind Institute

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  • About the Child Mind Institute

    The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

    We are driven to create a brighter future for our children, and we make three commitments:

    • Give children and adolescents access to evidence-based, effective clinical care when and where they need it most.
    • Advance the science of the developing brain to improve diagnosis and treatment.
    • Provide useful, accurate information that empowers families and communities to get help.
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