Research and Education Advancing Children’s Health

90% of proven behavioral and mental health interventions have yet to be used by practitioners in public and private health sectors. The ASU REACH Institute is changing that!

IOM, 2009

The mission of the ASU REACH Institute, which is within the Department of Psychology, is to bridge the gap between university-based research and practice to promote children’s mental and physical health and academic achievement. Scientists at the institute are leaders in developing and evaluating child and family interventions for culturally diverse and international communities. They use their expertise in translating evidence-based interventions into community practice in their work with policy makers and community stakeholders locally and globally and across diverse service sectors, including schools, community mental health agencies, hospitals and courts.

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Programs & Services

Family Check-Up

The Family Check-Up is a brief, parent-centered intervention designed to reduce children’s problem behavior by supporting positive parenting practices. The FCU is used in public schools, community mental health, and primary care for children and families.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings Program is a cost-effective parenting program that engages families dealing with issues of divorce and separation. It has been shown to have long term positive impacts on the mental health and social adaptation of children of divorced parents.

Family Bereavement

The Family Bereavement Program addresses the complex needs of children and families after the death of a parent. It has shown to have long term effects on mental health outcomes for parents and children. FBP has been implemented in collaboration with family hospice providers.

Bridges to High School
Bridges/Puentes is a school-based universal prevention program shown to promote school engagement and success and reduce high-risk health behaviors such as early age substance use.
429
combined years of research
16
countries involved in research
5,000
families have participated in REACH programs

Resources & Training

  • Training & Continuing Education
  • Measures & Assessment Tools
  • Implementation & Clinical Outcome Monitoring
  • Survey Data Collection