Integrating Mental Health in the Comprehensive Care of Children and Adolescents: Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (Ongoing)

Posted On 2020-03-02 02:54:58



This Focused Issue on “Integrating Mental Health in the Comprehensive Care of Children and Adolescents: Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment” is edited by Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena and Dr. Ruth E.K. Stein.

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD
Senior Scholar in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, USA; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, School of Public Health; President & Professor Emerita, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP is the Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University and President & Professor Emerita of SUNY, Upstate Medical University. She is a pediatrician known for her national and international work focused on education and research addressing the needs of underserved populations, mental health integration in primary settings and global health. She earned a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at the University of California at Los Angeles; completed internship and residency and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatric at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania; joined the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University and Harlem Hospital Center and subsequently was Chief, Division of General Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, training an extensive cohort of academic pediatricians and general internists; received tenure and the endowed chair as the Debra & Leon Black Professor of Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Advocacy. As Chair and Vice President of the Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn she provided leadership to a population of 2.5 million and as seventh President & Professor of SUNY Upstate Medical University provided leadership to the Central New York Area, co-chaired the Governor’s Task Force that led to 10 statewide recommendations currently being implemented to reduce disparities in maternal mortality and co-chaired the Regional Economic Development Council. She is board certified in Pediatrics and in Child Abuse Pediatrics, developed three child protection teams addressing child trauma and multiple NYC and NYS system changes including the recognition of child trauma as a qualifying chronic disease criterion for health home designation. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, multiple chapters and media resource and educational materials. She edited the book Principles of Global Child Health: Education and Research. She is the Past President of Academic Pediatric Association, former member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors, was elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Pediatric Society, served as member to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health, the NIH/NIMH Interventions Committee for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families, and founding member of the REACH Institute’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care. She currently serves on the board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation.

Ruth E.K. Stein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Montefiore, Bronx, New York, USA

Ruth E.K. Stein, M.D.FAAP, is a pediatrician who works in research and advocacy for children, especially those with chronic physical and mental health conditions. She is professor of pediatrics and a former division director and vice chairman at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children's Hospital at Montefiore. She has subspecialty boards in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Her research has been supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Institute of Mental Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and numerous foundations. She conducted a randomized controlled trial of a pediatric home care intervention for children with chronic physical health conditions. Her work has involved the development of a number of measures that are widely used in the assessment of outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. She also has conducted analyses of large scale data sets to study the health care and services of children with special health care needs. Dr. Stein received the Research Award of the Academic Pediatric Association, the Douglas Richardson Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Perinatal and Pediatric Research from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She has more than 250 publications and has edited four books relating to pediatric chronic illness, health care services for children, and adolescent depression. She has served on several editorial boards and numerous federal and professional advisory groups. Dr. Stein is a past president of the Academic (previously Ambulatory) Pediatric Association and currently is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues. She served as co-chair of a Board of Children, Youth, and Families study on the evaluation of child health, safety and well-being and as a consultant and committee member on several National Academies studies on children’s physical and mental health. She is also a founding member of the faculty and steering committee of The REACH Institute’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program which has trained over 3500 primary care clinicians in care of children’s mental health issues.

Focused issue outline:

  1. Definitional Framework of Mental Health: An important Non-Communicable Disease Focus 
  2. Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 
  3. The role of bias, racism, sexism and classism in the development of mental health disorders in children
  4. The role of culture and language in prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of mental health in children
  5. The role of genetics and environment in mental health: Brain Health
  6. Life Course Trajectory and Mental Health
  7. Social Determinants and Mental Health
  8. Iterative and Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
  9. Implementation Strategies in co-located and collaborative care models for child and youth mental health concerns
  10. The role of health systems in addressing mental health
  11. A comprehensive community approach: the Melbourne Experience
  12. Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
  13. Depression in Children and Adolescents
  14. Adjustment Disorder in Children and Adolescents
  15. Aggression and Bullying in Children and Adolescents
  16. Inattention and impulsivity in children and adolescents 
  17. Suicide in children and adolescents
  18. Early Intervention and Mental Health
  19. Chronic Physical Health Conditions and Mental Health
  20. Displacement and the Refugee Experience and Mental Health
  21. The role of violence and trauma in children’s mental health
  22. Children’s Mental Health at Times of Disasters
  23. Community and Governmental Partners in Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes in Uganda
  24. Parents as advocates for equitable care of children and adolescents
  25. Schools and Universities as partners in care 
  26. Policy implications for de-stigmatizing mental health in children and adolescents