Child Mental Health Disparities & Development Group

Our research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults

The Child Mental Health Disparities and Development Group, lead by Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH, uses state-of-the-art sampling, recruitment/retention, and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies to generate knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved, and understudied populations in the United States and abroad.

At the core of our research program is the Boricua Youth Study, a longitudinal study that seeks to understand the lived experiences of about 2,500 Puerto Rican children in the South Bronx, New York, and the metropolitan area of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As the Boricua Youth Study children grow up and become young adults, Dr. Duarte and her team are now focusing on the next generation, as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program