Research and Education Advancing Children's Health

The ASU REACH Institute, within the Department of Psychology, works both locally and globally with community agencies, state and local government, schools, and hospitals to implement evidence-based programs and practices with the goal of advancing research, education, and the health and well-being of children and families.


The ASU REACH Institute is multidisciplinary and includes ASU faculty representing the Psychology Department, the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, the College of Health Solutions, the Learning Sciences Institute, the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Scientists at the ASU REACH Institute have a history of translational research leading to the innovation of child and family interventions for real-world delivery settings among culturally diverse and international communities. The ASU REACH Institute has three essential Cores.

Service Design Core

Develops, redesigns, and adapts innovative, cost-effective, culturally competent, engaging, and sustainable evidence-based interventions that can be tailored for specific service settings such as primary care, schools, and community mental health settings. This includes refinement and development of efficient and easy to use web-based and eHealth services. The goal is community, state, national, and global engagement and diffusion of best practices for children and families.

Dissemination and Diffusion Core

Promotes dissemination and diffusion of evidence-based interventions. Activities include development and utilization of technology and systems that support training, quality assurance monitoring, program evaluation, optimization of program-service system fit, and cost analyses to sustain program implementation in real-world delivery settings.

Behavior Informatics and Methodology Core

Develops screening, measurement, and clinical monitoring tools; provides methodological and statistical support related to research design, sampling, and conducting outcome and process evaluations; applies innovative methods to optimize intervention engagement and implementation in real-world settings; and uses administrative data to empower agencies to shift towards evidence-based practices.