2014 Conference Highlights

The 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference welcomed more than 550 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates who shared dialogue and new knowledge about important issues that center around improving service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. We hope the conference provided many opportunities for participants to hear important, high quality presentations, as well as renew friendships and develop new relationships with colleagues who have mutual interests. Details on the 2015 Conference will be posted soon.

  • Concurrent Sessions

    74 concurrent sessions and 3 special tracks were a part of this year's conference agenda. Many of the presentations will be available online by March 28, 2014, as will videos of the plenaries.
  • Nan Rich

    George E. Miller, an illustrator based out of northeast Florida who specializes in multicultural, child advocacy illustrations for schools and offices, presented to Former Florida Senator Nan Rich a special piece of art in recognition of her years of advocacy work for Florida's children.
  • Conference Plenaries

    Our plenary sessions profiled collaborative approaches, policy change, wraparound, transition to adulthood, as well as federal updates, national trends and opportunities for program funding.
  • Keynotes

    Keynote and plenary speakers Dr. David Satcher and Thomas H. Bornemann spent time with students from the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health( ITR) to share their expertise and national perspectives. The ITR offers student scholars a one-of-a-kind education and training program that merges the skills and experience of local community treatment providers, USF academic researchers and national experts to provide a team mentoring approach.
  • VIPs

    Monday morning began with a special keynote address by Dr. David Satcher, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and current Director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute. During his tenure, Dr. Satcher issued Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, the first ever surgeon general’s report on mental health. The photo above shows Dr. Satcher with, from left to right, CBCS Dean Julianne Serovich, PhD; former Florida Senator Nan Rich, widely recognized as one of the state’s leading champions of children’s and social justice issues, and CFS Chair Mario Hernandez, PhD.
  • Poster Sessions

    Researchers presented 54 posters that shared the latest in children’s mental health research from a systems and community perspective. Information presented included new research and policy ideas that are individualized, community-defined, evidence-based, culturally/ linguistically competent, family-driven, and youth-guided.