Children's Hospital Colorado

Research at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Healthy children, healthy families and healthy communities: That's the focus of research at our Pediatric Mental Health Institute. Every day, our researchers are focused on making critical discoveries that advance our understanding of the causes of mental health problems in childhood.

Through research, we're working on new approaches to support healthy child development and more effective treatments for mental illness. Plus, we're finding ways to make these new approaches and treatment available to children and families in Colorado and around the world.

Advancements in pediatric mental health

Our researchers are currently conducting more than 30 studies that are deepening our understanding of the genetic and experiential underpinnings of mental health and mental illness. This impacts how families, therapists, nurses, physicians, teachers and other community members can make a difference in the lives of our children.

"Research gives me an opportunity to improve patient care in an area where other people maybe haven’t looked."

Guido Frank, MD

Director, Developmental Brain Research Program

Learn more about Dr. Guido Frank

What our mental health research means for kids

Our researchers are working to change the future of mental health by discovering the causes of mental illness and developing better treatment for children.

Discovering the causes of mental illness in childhood

Drs. Guido Frank, Amanda Law, Benjamin Mullin and Joel Stoddard are studying the genetics, molecular biology and altered brain development that are related to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa, anxiety and panic, and bipolar disorder.

Developing better treatments for mental health problems

Drs. Bruno Anthony, Laura Anthony, Jonathan Miller, Robin Gabriels and Joel Stoddard are developing more effective treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder and childhood obesity.

Delivering the best treatments wherever children and families seek help for mental health challenges

Drs. Bruno Anthony, Laura Anthony and Douglas Novins are designing better ways to support schools, pediatricians and community mental health providers to deliver the best mental health care possible. Their research addresses attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Learn more about the Pediatric Mental Health Institute. Or, contact us by calling 720-777-6200.

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