Welcome to IJR
Public health research tells us that one in five adults suffers from mental illness and these illnesses begin in childhood and adolescence. The recent National Research Council’s National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine’s 2009 prevention report: "Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders among Young People: Progress and Possibilities" highlights the reality that many psychiatric disorders can be prevented before they take hold. In addition, science has made tremendous strides in being able successfully to treat children who are already challenged by having psychiatric disorders that begin in childhood.
Accordingly, being aligned with the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the mission of the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine seeks to create knowledge that transforms the worldview that mental health can not only be successfully treated, but also can be prevented. Further, we understand that risk factors are not automatically predictive of bad mental health outcomes due to protective factors. In fact, 21st century science has demonstrated we can strengthen factors that protect children, families, and communities, and resiliency can be cultivated.
To rise to the challenge of being the purveyor of research, education, and service that will ensure the public health of Chicago and all Great Cities in the 21st Century, the Institute for Juvenile Research seeks to continue its 100 year-old tradition and do research that will transform the nation’s health and mental care. By continuing to develop state-of-the-art research prevention and intervention technologies, IJR will be able to provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer. IJR’s research encompasses a wide variety of mood, anxiety, developmental (autism spectrum), and behavioral disorders. Our team studies services, interventions, and prevention strategies for education, HIV prevention, children’s genetics and neuropsychiatry, child welfare, and youth violence, to name a few. Our aim is to train professionals from multiple disciplines in a wide range of mental health research, education, and public service areas, serving Illinois as the principal source of new knowledge and wisdom, educator of health science professionals, and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities.
Using our research, education, and service, we seek to transform the city of Chicago, County of Cook, State of Illinois, United States, and the world’s perspectives of mental health and wellness, and to implement these prevention and treatment technologies in the “real world.”
Carl C. Bell, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., F.A.C. Psych.