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From Science to Practice and Back: Mechanisms of Change in Developmental Psychopathology


Friday October 17th, 2008
Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Brought to you by the Community Health Systems Resource Group,
The SickKids Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

The keynote speakers will include: Dr. Isabela Granic, Dr. Rutger Engels, Dr. Candice Odgers, Dr. Christopher Lalonde, Dr. Ronald Dahl, Dr. Marc Lewis, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Dr. Brooke Molina and Dr. Thomas Dishion

Approximately half of all referrals to children's mental health agencies are  for oppositional, aggressive, and/or antisocial behaviours and more of  these  children  are  comorbid  for  internalising problems as well. Without  interventions,  the  stability  of  psychopathology  across the lifespan  has  been  well established.  Identifying effective prevention and intervention programs for high-risk children has been a top priority for  decades.  Indeed,  a  great  deal  of  progress  has  been  made in identifying  a  handful of "evidence-based" treatments.  These treatment programs   have   repeatedly  shown  reasonable  effects  in  randomized controlled  trials.  Despite  these  promising  results,  however, there
remains enormous variability in treatment outcomes, and effect sizes are generally  moderate.  In order to understand how treatments work and for whom  they  are most effective, a better understanding of the mechanisms of  developmental  psychopathology  and the change processes responsible for successful interventions is critical.

The  research  programs that will be highlighted in this conference have the  collective  goal  of  identifying  the  psychosocial and biological mechanisms  that  underpin  the  development  of psychopathology and how changes  in  these mechanisms may lead to successful outcomes for youths and  their  families,  afflicted  with  oppositional, aggressive  and/or antisocial  behaviours.

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