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USC Journal Tops Family Research Journals Worldwide

A scientific journal started at USC has achieved the top impact score among all family research journals worldwide. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, founded by USC faculty member Ron Prinz (Research Consortium on Children and Families) and Virginia Tech collaborator Tom Ollendick, attained an impressive impact factor of 4.22 in the respected Thomson Reuters 2013 Journal Citation Report. Prinz was instrumental in establishing the Springer journal in 1998 and has continued as Co-Editor-in-Chief. Featured in the September and December 2013 issues of the journal is a special series on issues related to military families and the impact of war on child development and family well-being. Success of this scientific journal is one more example of how USC faculty members are contributing to child and family research around the world.

Impact Factor Rankings for Top Family Research Journals

4.22   Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

3.00   Journal of Marriage and the Family

1.89   Journal of Family Psychology

1.61   Family Process

1.61   Child Abuse & Neglect

1.42   Journal of Child and Family Studies

1.23   Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

0.94   Journal of Family Violence

Congratulations to Dr. Kate Flory on her recent 2 year award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination Center in the amount of $499,924 for the project entitled:  “Project to learn about children – Mental health (PLAY-MH)”.

Internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders among children and adolescents increase the risk for many negative outcomes. Reports estimate that many youth with these problems are not being identified or receiving treatment. Thus, the objectives of the funded project are threefold: 1) to describe the prevalence/co-occurrence of internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders among youth in grades K-12 within a defined population, 2) to describe rates of current and previous mental health treatment among members of the defined population previously diagnosed with a mental disorder, and 3) to explore diversion and misuse of psychoactive medications prescribed to treat a mental disorder. We will utilize a two-stage, stratified design for estimating the prevalence of mental health diagnoses and treatment among up to 8,000 children and adolescents in several rural school districts in South Carolina. Findings will be disseminated to school district personnel and the SC Department of Education, along with the scientific community.


Dr. Suzanne McDermott, a long-standing member of the RCCF who currently serves on RCCF's Executive Committee, has landed a $28 million grant from CDC for a new Disability Research and Dissemination Center... See link for full story on USC's main page

http://www.sc.edu/news/newsarticle.php?nid=4848


The Duke Endowment has awarded a $556,030 grant to Russ Pate and his team at the Children's Physical Activity Research Group who are leading the way in devising methods for enhancing activity in child care centers.  See more... http://www.thestate.com/2013/07/12/2858839/grant-takes-usc-child-care-activity.html

Congrats to Charlie Mactutus on his new funding of more than 1.5 million from NICHD for the project entitled "Maternal HIV:  Developmental Neurotoxicity".   The project aims to demonstrate the success of subtle and early-detected cognitive and motor alterations in predicting the progression of DA system dysfunction and identifying potential clinically relevant neurotherapeutic options.

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