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Child development and mental health

Enhancing children’s wellbeing to prevent problems later in life

Our team brings together world leaders of child clinical research to improve child neurodevelopment and mental wellbeing.

Autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy and Tourette’s are the most common neurodevelopmental disorders and impact cognitive, social, and emotional development in the first years of life. Our clinical researchers specialise in developing innovative assessments and treatments for child mental health and neurodevelopment. At the same time, we work to identify the mechanisms that contribute to vulnerability, resilience and development in children and their families. 

Our team takes a novel, transdiagnostic approach to child neurodevelopment and mental health, integrating high performing researchers from multiple disciplines including imaging, neurochemistry, genomics, biomechanics, psychology, neurology, psychiatry, paediatrics, speech pathology, and occupational therapy. We work in partnership with Sydney’s Local Health Districts to conduct clinical trials of behavioural therapies, and neuropsychological, genomic, inflammatory and neurobiological interventions.

A preventative approach to child mental health

The Child Neurodevelopment and Mental Health team are focused on childhood disorders of the brain and mind. Rather than focus directly on symptomatic amelioration or progress toward acute intervention for an individual childhood disorder, our team aims to address the developmental and emotional needs of the individual child.  In collaboration with clinical service providers, industry and the community, we aim to improve assessment and early interventions in child neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health broadly. 

Through our approach, we aim to identify and treat each child at the earliest possible time with the best possible approaches to address the significant health and societal issues associated with child neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders. 

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