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Oct 5-7: Moving Toward Precision Healthcare in Children's Mental Health

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Cowles Auditorium

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Gerald August, Abi Gewirtz, and Dante Cicchetti present

Moving Toward Precision Healthcare in Children's Mental Health: New Perspectives, Methodologies, and Technologies

October 5, 6, & 7, 2016, Cowles Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Mental health is personal, and there is a growing body of research showing the effectiveness of highly personalized treatments. This groundbreaking conference will bring experts in the field of personalized, precision-based treatment from all over the country to Minneapolis this fall to discuss cutting edge research and practice in the field, and how it relates to children’s mental health.

“Moving Toward Precision Healthcare in Children’s Mental Health” will take place October 5-7 at the University of Minnesota’s Cowles Auditorium. It is hosted by the recently-established Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota (ITR), which aims to bring experts together from across disciplines to bridge the gap between research and practice in children’s mental health practice.

The three-day symposium is free to attend and is open to investigators, academic professionals, and students with an interest in improving mental health outcomes for children. Participants will leave with a better understanding of one of the central questions in children’s mental health prevention and intervention work: how can effective prevention interventions be tailored to individual needs?

Spots may fill up fast — reserve yours today!



  • Keynote Speaker: J. Steven Leeder, PharmD, PhD, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, "From the Hype to Hope to Reality: A Pediatric Perspective on Helping Personalized Medicine Mature into Precision Therapeutics"

  • Diana H. Fishbein, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, "Personalizing and Optimizing Intervention Models via a Translational Neuroscience Framework"

  • George W. Howe, PhD, George Washington University, "The Road Less Traveled: Bridging the Gap Between Etiology and Efficacy"

  • Dante Cicchetti, PhD, University of Minnesota, "The Infusion of Epigenetic Concepts into RCT Preventive Interventions"

  • John E. Lochman, PhD, ABPP, University of Alabama, "Who has Better Response to Indicated Prevention with Aggressive Preadolescents? The Coping Power Program as a Laboratory for Different Delivery Formats


  • William E. Pelham Jr., PhD, ABPP, Florida International University, "Treatment Sequencing for Childhood ADHD: A Multiple Randomization Study of Adaptive Medication, Behavioral, and Combined Intervention—Outcomes and Costs"

  • Thomas J. Dishion, PhD, Arizona State University, "The Family Check-Up Framework: Embedding, Adapting, and Tailoring Family Support to Improve Child Adjustment Outcomes and Public Health"

  • Guillermo Prado, PhD, University of Miami, "e-health Familias Unidas: Randomized Controlled Trial of an Evidence-Based Intervention Adapted for use on the Internet"

  • J. Douglas Coatsworth, PhD, Colorado State University, "For Whom the Mindfulness-Enhanced Strengthening Families Program 10-14 Works Best: Examining Potential Tailoring Variables"

  • Carol McDonald Connor, PhD, University of California, Irvine, "Using Assessment to Personalize Instruction: Preventing Reading Problems"

  • Gerald J. August, PhD, University of Minnesota, "An Experimental Test of Differential Sensitivity Theory (DST) in Precision-Based Preventive Interventions for Youth Substance Abuse"

  • Abigail H. Gewirtz, PhD, University of Minnesota, "A Double Randomized Preference Trial to Examine Choice of Engagement in Community Mental Health Intervention for Children at Risk for Conduct Problems"


  • Daniel Almirall, PhD, University of Michigan, "Cluster-Level Adaptive Interventions and their Development Using Cluster-Level SMART Designs"

  • Inbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani, PhD, University of Michigan, "From Adaptive to 'Just in Time' Adaptive Interventions"

  • Susan A. Murphy, PhD, University of Michigan, "Micro-Randomized Trials in Mental Health"

  • Rob Goldberg, PhD, Neumitra, "The Boston Stress Study: Measuring and Mapping Acute and Chronic Stressors in an Urban Population"


All attendees are invited to join us for a Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

ITR, 1100 South Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Please RSVP on ticket page.


The following hotels are available for out-of-town Symposium attendees:

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

Commons Hotel

Aloft Minneapolis


Cowles Auditorium

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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