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Children's Mental Health Services Research Center is now Center for Behavioral Health Research

Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center (CMHSRC) becomes
the Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR)

The Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center (CMHSRC) changed its name in March 2016 to the Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR). This change reflects a broadening of the center’s mission that is already well under way, includes adults and children, and encompasses basic, translational and applied research to improve behavioral health.



The Center for Behavioral Health Research (formerly the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center) in the College of Social Work improves the lives of at-risk youth and adults through a broad spectrum of studies, ranging from research on the neurobiology of early-onset mental disorders to evidence-based clinical treatments and organization-level change strategies for health and social service systems. This research explores risk factors and the pathophysiology of mood and substance-related disorders. It examines evidence-based prevention and treatment practices for delinquency, risky behaviors, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. It focuses on developing and testing strategies for assessing and changing the cultures and climates of human service organizations to improve their effectiveness.

In operation for over 25 years, the center’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and other public and private funders. Professorships endowed by Betsey R. Bush support nationally known researchers in medicine, social work, psychology or related fields focused on behavioral health.

The center has established the ARC Institute on Organizational Social Context to disseminate the tools and strategies it has designed and tested to help mental health and social service organizations become more effective in meeting the needs of those they serve.



Betsey R. Bush, who has established endowed professorships in our Center and serves on the College of Social Work’s Board of Visitors, was selected by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to receive its 2016 Public Citizen of the Year Award. This award honors an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of the profession of social work.

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