The Mission of Child Study Center: Researching to eliminate the stigma of adolescent mental health disorders and those who suffer from them while striving to improve the practices of mental health professionals serving children of all ages.
The New York University Child Study Center (CSC) was founded in 1997 at Bellevue Hospital Center. The CSC was established with a mission to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders by:
• Eliminating the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder
• Conducting research and disseminating scientific findings to improve the practices of professionals serving children
• Influencing child-related public policy
Initially, the CSC was devoted to scientific research in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry while its clinicians practiced under the Bellevue Department of Psychiatry umbrella. In 1998, the NYU Child Study Center moved to 577 First Avenue, effectively housing clinicians and researchers under one roof. Over ten years, the CSC established offices in five locations in New York City, Rockland County, Long Island, and Hackensack, N.J. In 2006, the CSC was named the second independent Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the nation.
In 2012, after many years in two great Manhattan offices — 577 First Avenue and 215 Lexington Avenue — their award-winning clinicians, world-renowned researchers, and thoughtful staff came together in one location, at One Park Avenue. With all its Manhattan operations in one place, and with room to grow, the CSC is able to provide state-of-the-art care, perform groundbreaking research, and educate the next generation of leaders in child psychiatry and child psychology. The NYU Child Study Center is built around a group of research institutes with associated clinical arms, a structure that allows recruitment of patients for research studies and then provides "real-world" testing for successful controlled-environment findings. These research initiatives have advanced understanding of the causes and treatments of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.