Year established: 2002
Number of current research projects: 59
Number of principal investigators: 38
Total federal awards:
$10.5 M in 2010
Square footage of research space:
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
Here at Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, our role as leaders in
child mental health research stretches back almost three quarters of a century.
In fact, as a field of scientific investigation, you could say that pediatric psychopharmacology
began at Bradley Hospital, with the publication in 1937 of the results of stimulant
trials in children.
We have continued a long tradition of taking our valuable clinical research and
applying it directly to our mission of improving the lives of children. Today, for
example, our pioneering research in children’s sleep, infant development, psychophysiology,
and HIV prevention has translated into new and effective treatments and strategies
for children and their families.
Our commitment to training the next generation of researchers runs just as deep.
Research training in child mental health at Bradley Hospital, Hasbro Children’s
Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been funded
by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1994, and has continued to expand.
Today, we are known as one of the nation’s premier child mental health research
Back in the 1990s, as child mental health research at our hospitals continued to
grow and develop, we reached a critical mass where it made sense to pull all of
our research together under a single umbrella. Thus, the Bradley Hasbro Children’s
Research Center (BHCRC) was born, opening in 2002. Since that time, we have expanded
even further, with several research groups moving into the Bradley Campus Research
Unit, and others into new space in our main Providence, Rhode Island location, while
the Bradley Sleep Lab continues to thrive in its state-of-the-art facility.
Today, an average of more than 50 diverse research projects are underway within
the center at any one time, encompassing neuroscience, genetics, social science,
prevention, intervention, and health disparities and health services research. In
all of these areas, from exploring the genetic roots of autism to devising ways
for families to overcome the debilitating pressures of OCD, our investigators are
conducting innovative and exciting work, advancing their fields, and having a powerful
and positive impact on the lives of children.