The Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social Work. The center provides research, education, and services focused on organizations and systems that serve families and youth who are at risk of chronic emotional and behavioral problems that could follow them into adulthood. The center works with a variety of organizations nationally and internationally that provide mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare services to families and youth at risk.
Investigators and staff who conduct research through the center are from a number of universities and a wide range of disciplines, including social work, clinical psychology, pediatrics, psychiatry, sociology, economics, biostatistics, industrial and organizational psychology, and experimental psychology.
Achievements / Distinctions
The center has been awarded some $30 million in externally funded research grants from a variety of funders to conduct research in Tennessee and nationwide. It is recognized as a leader in organizational research on systems that serve youth at risk and in the development of organizational assessment tools and change strategies for improving such systems. The center’s work has been referenced in reports by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Surgeon General, published in scores of scientific research journals, and presented in numerous keynote addresses to professional conferences nationwide.
The work of the center is supported by grants from a variety of public and private agencies and foundations. These funders include the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation, among others.
The Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center is internationally known for its groundbreaking work on assessing and improving the cultures and climates of organizations that provide services to families and youth at risk. The center develops, tests, and disseminates youth and family treatment models, organizational assessment tools, and organizational change strategies for improving the effectiveness of services to at-risk youth provided by mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. This work includes national surveys, controlled clinical trials, and implementation research aimed at understanding how best practices at the clinical and administrative levels can be adopted and implemented successfully in systems that serve at-risk youth.
The center provides the opportunity for graduate students to work on projects that are conducted in numerous family- and youth-serving agencies under the supervision of experienced researchers. In addition, the models, materials, and research developed by the center are used in classroom instruction provided by faculty who conduct research through the center.
The center disseminates organizational and youth assessment tools that have been designed for agencies that serve at-risk youth and trains agency staff and research groups in their use. In addition, the center provides consultation in the adoption and implementation of evidence-based administrative and treatment practices to agencies that serve families and youth at risk and to researchers in universities and research institutes nationwide who focus on mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems.
The Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center staff and faculty offices, and computing and data analytic facilities, are located in Henson Hall.
Charles Glisson, Chancellor’s Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and Director
Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3332