Special Issue: Adaptive Interventions for Children’s Mental Health

September 8, 2016:boy sits in field

There are vast individual differences in youth presenting for mental health treatment. Youth vary in their initial clinical presentation; their contextual risk and protective factors; and their engagement, adherence and response to evidence-based treatments. For this reason, adaptive interventions, which are individually tailored to each person, are valuable tools in the treatment and prevention of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) disorders. Methodology Center Investigator Daniel Almirall co-edited a recent special issue of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology that showcases recent applications and innovations of adaptive interventions for addressing CAMH disorders.

To introduce the issue, Daniel and his co-editor Andrea Chronis-Tuscano wrote an article that introduces adaptive interventions and the use of the sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART) for the development of evidence-based adaptive interventions. The article also gives an overview of research using adaptive interventions for CAMH disorders and describes future directions for this research.

The special issue includes articles on using adaptive interventions to treat ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, conduct problems and more.

Read the article.

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Almirall, D., & Chronis-Tuscano, A. (2016). Adaptive interventions in child and adolescent mental health. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 45(4), 383-395.

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