Dr. Ricardo Muñoz, Professor of Psychology at UCSF is a member of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine's Committee on Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse among Children, Youth, and Young Adults. The committee just released an IOM Report.
For committee member information, http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=48783
As you may know, on February 13, 2009, the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine's Committee on Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse among Children, Youth, and Young Adults, released a prepublication of Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. The report, including a free downloadable copy of the summary, and press release, can be accessed at www.nap.edu
or at the Board on Children, Youth, and Families' website at www.bocyf.org
The report is the result of a 2-year study, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It highlights key advances in prevention research over the last 15 years and defines a policy and research agenda for the future. The report calls for the establishment of new national priorities that emphasize the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and promotion of mental health as a national priority; the infusion of evidence-based interventions in a range of family, school and community settings; and the expansion of the existing research base. The report examines definitions of prevention; the developmental, epidemiologic, and ecological bases for developing and testing preventive interventions; and progress made from rigorous experiments across the life span and different social settings. It also outlines advances in genetics and neuroscience, and implementation science, that offer new opportunities for conducting prevention research and expanding prevention programs within community, social service, and institutional settings.
Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and Thomas Boat, M.D. Executive Associate Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati served as chair and vice-chair of the study committee that produced the report. They and other members of the committee will host a public discussion of the report on March 25, 2009 from 1:00-5:00 EST in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences at 2100 C Street, NW in Washington, DC.
You can view the agenda, and register to attend the event, at http://www.bocyf.org/prevention_of_mental_health_disorders.html
. The event will also be webcast if you're not able to attend in person. A notice about the event and webcast will appear on the National Academies' home page at http://www.nas.edu
on the morning of the 25th; there will be a banner across the top of the page announcing it. A few minutes before the event starts, a "listen to the webcast" link will be posted. Note that if you are planning to participate via the webcast, you do not need to register.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ellen O'Connell at