As major teaching hospitals for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital employ faculty who are national leaders in clinical and basic research. To centralize our efforts, promote collaboration among research groups and maximize our impact on our field, all the child mental health researchers within our two hospitals came together to form the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC).
Most of the research groups are located within a 20,000-square-foot space in Providence, but the Bradley Sleep Lab and the Bradley Campus Research Unit in East Providence also house our investigators. Centralized infrastructure, physical proximity of disparate research groups, and regular research meetings promote collaboration and cross-fertilization of research ideas. In addition, a highly successful, NIH-supported research training program within the BHCRC is producing the next generation of young investigators.
The BHCRC encompasses a broad spectrum of research programs that share a commitment to studying the impact of psychological factors on the growth and development of children and their families. Under the center’s umbrella, investigators direct over 50 externally funded projects. Grant support is extensive: awards average over $10 million each year and the total grant awards for all years of currently active projects averages close to $50 million.
Our investigators are continually seeking answers to the most important questions in the realm of child development and child mental health. We are exploring new insights into the genetic roots of autism; finding pediatric bio-behavioral markers of bipolar disorder; creating effective therapies for OCD; devising effective prevention strategies for adolescent sexual risk behaviors and obesity; and much more. Every day, we are generating new projects, testing new therapies and challenging conventional wisdom in new ways—all with the single aim of helping children develop into healthy adults.
Year established: 2002
Number of current research projects: 59
Number of principal investigators: 38
Total federal awards:
$10.5 M in 2010
BHCRC at the Coro West Building, Providence, RI
20,000 square feet
Bradley Campus Research Unit, East Providence, RI
4,500 square feet
Bradley Sleep Laboratory, Providence, RI
5,000 square feet