Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health

  • 1100 Washington Avenue S

    55415 Minneapolis

    United States

Organization profile

Organization profile

Failure to treat mental health issues in children has enormous costs for individuals and society. Though there have been major research breakthroughs in effective ways to serve our children, it can take decades for these techniques to make it into practice. ITR brings together researchers and professionals from many disciplines to bridge this gap between research and practice in order to better serve our children and communities.


  • Conduct basic and translational research on effective mental health treatments.  ITR faculty have served over 1000 children and families in research studies.

  • Train those who work with children on the most effective mental health treatments. Each year, ITR serves over 8,700 children and families through Ambit Network, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community and Treatment Services Center.

  • Provide direct mental health services. The Family Innovations Counseling and Training Center at ITR provides evidence-based treatment interventions to low income, high-risk children and families.

  • Bring together leading interdisciplinary researchers in children’s mental health.  ITR has 14 faculty from 8 different departments across 5 colleges and fosters collaboration through regular faculty meetings, symposia, colloquia, networking events, and professional development

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Alcohols Medicine & Life Sciences
Drinking Medicine & Life Sciences
Cannabis Medicine & Life Sciences
Parenting Medicine & Life Sciences
Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Young Adult Medicine & Life Sciences
Binge Drinking Medicine & Life Sciences
alcohol Social Sciences

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Projects 2003 2023

Research Output 2000 2020

Gender and age differences in the associations between family social roles and excessive alcohol use

Evans-Polce, R. J., Jang, B. J., Maggs, J. L. & Patrick, M. E., Jan 2020, In : Social Science and Medicine. 244, 112664.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

age difference
Social Role
gender-specific factors

High-intensity drinking by parental status: Differences by age and sex

Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R., Wagner, A. C. & Mehus, C. J., Mar 2020, In : Addictive Behaviors. 102, 106180.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sex Characteristics
Public health
1 Citation (Scopus)

Toward an ecobehavioral model of early language development

Ford, A. L. B., Elmquist, M., Merbler, A. M., Kriese, A., Will, K. K. & McConnell, S. R., Jan 1 2020, In : Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 50, p. 246-258 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Language Development
environmental behavior