Implementation Science Research
The IDEAS Center, part of NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, advances implementation and dissemination science to improve compliance with evidence-based mental health practices in public behavioral health systems that serve children, adolescents, and their families.
Our mission is to improve statewide adoption of mental health best practices and quality improvement initiatives in schools, primary care offices, clinics, residential treatment facilities, family services, child welfare settings, and juvenile justice settings.
IDEAS stands for Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-based Practices Among States. The IDEAS Center receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and the New York State Office of Mental Health.
We collaborate with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work. We offer training, consultation, and educational resources to mental health professionals at the IDEAS Center and two other locations funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health: the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) and the Evidence-Based Treatment Dissemination Center.
Implementation Science Research Laboratories
Our researchers study the ways in which evidence-based practices are implemented in behavioral health systems and the juvenile justice system.
Kimberly E. Hoagwood Laboratory
Researchers in the laboratory of Kimberly E. Hoagwood, PhD, study factors that influence whether evidence-based practices are adopted in behavioral health systems. Factors we look at include lack of engagement, poor integration of data and decision support systems to monitor practices and health outcomes, and inadequate methods for assessing different implementation approaches.
The lab’s research projects include reducing drop-out among clinicians trained in evidence-based practices; improving variation in access to mental healthcare; addressing organizational factors that influence whether families receive support services; comparing the efficacy of in-person versus online training for family peer support specialists; examining the effectiveness of multifamily group therapies for children with disruptive behavior problems in sub-Saharan Africa; and implementing strategies to promote uptake of quality indicators for maternal depression, adolescent depression, and psychotropic medication prescribing guidelines.
Christopher E. Branson Laboratory
Researchers in the laboratory of Christopher E. Branson, PhD, study the treatment of traumatic stress and co-occurring conditions among children in the juvenile justice system. We help establish best practices for trauma-informed care in the New York City juvenile justice system, and are developing models to expand these practices to programs nationwide.