Check us out on PBS!

Our very own stellar research assistant, Erin Bojanek, is beginning grad school at the University of Kansas. She was accepted to the clinical child psychology PhD program. We are so proud of you, Erin!!!

PBS NewsHour Weekend aired a story about the need for more research on the brain-basis of suicide.


The story highlights how that research will lead to better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of suicide and related problems. It also features a courageous family who completed our study and Daniel Dickstein M.D. (Director, PediMIND Program).


To see the PBS story, click the link below:

Can technology help predict who will attempt suicide? 

Erin Bojanek is starting graduate school!

We are excited to announce the National Institute of Mental Health has funded our project investigating

non-suicidal self-injury

in children and teens.


The goal of our study is to understand the brain mechanisms separating kids who cut from kids without psychiatric problems and to determine which of those brain changes predicts which kids will go from cutting to making a first suicide attempt.  


We are currently enrolling kids ages 11-16 for this study.

See the "Our Studies" page to learn more!



The PediMIND Research Program is proud to announce we recently received funding to begin a new project investigating irritability in children launching in spring of 2017.


Irritability, or the tendency to be easily annoyed or made angry, is the most common reason children are brought for psychiatric evaluation; it is an associated symptom for multiple psychological disorders, including bipolar disorder (BD), depression in children, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD).  

We ultimately hope to improve diagnosis and treatment of children with irritability.​



Further details regarding how you can participate in this project will be coming soon!



We will be starting a new project investigating IRRITABILITY in spring 2017!

The National Institute of Mental Health has funded our non-suicidal self-injury study!

Grace Cushman, a former research assistant at the Pedi-MIND Program, was accepted to the PhD program in pediatric psychology at the University of Georgia. Way to go, Grace!

Congratulations to Grace Cushman on starting graduate school!


Ezra Wegbreit, a former post-doctoral fellow at the Pedi-MIND program, recently accepted a faculty position at Cazenovia College! He will be teaching various psychology courses to undergraduates and is looking forward to his continued collaboration with the Pedi-MIND program!

Congratulations to Ezra Wegbreit on joining the faculty at Cazenovia College!


Alex Weissman, one of Pedi-MIND's research assistant alumni, was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania's Masters of Social Work Program! She will begin classes soon as well as working at an adolescent inpatient hospital for her clinical work. Congratulations, Alex!

Congratulations to Alex Weissman on starting graduate school!


Don't forget to read Dr. Dickstein's new article "Self-injurious implicit attitudes among adolescent suicide attempters versus those engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury" in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. You can find it here!

Look out for Daniel Dickstein's new publication!


Congratulations to Dr. Kim for her recent publication "Behavioral and emotional responses to interpersonal stress: A comparison of adolescents engaged in non-suicidal self-injury to adolescent suicide attempters" in Psychiatry Research. You can read it here!

Don't miss Kerri Kim's new article!

Here is a short clip about our new non-medication treatment study of pediatric bipolar disorder.  Participants will play a special video game twice a week for eight weeks.  We are hoping this video game will help "retrain the brain" of children with bipolar disorder and help them better respond to changes in their environment.  


We are currently enrolling participants ages 7-17 years old, with bipolar disorder.



Check us out on YouTube!

Look out for Ezra Wegbreit's new publication!


Dr. Wegbreit's article "Developmental meta-analyses of the functional neural correlates of bipolar disorder" was recently published in JAMA Psychiatry! You can check it out here.

Congratulations to Jorge Almeida on his Research Award!


Dr. Almeida recently received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Pilot Research Award, which will support a pilot neuroimaging study investigating emotional processing in individuals at risk for bipolar disorder.

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