About The Center
Founded in 1979, Mt. Hope Family Center is dedicated to helping children and families improve their lives. Through treatment, prevention, research and training in the areas of human development, child maltreatment and mental disorders in children and families, we provide the resources parents and children need to build strong, healthy family and peer relationships.
While our prevention and intervention services improve family functioning, enhance coping skills and build competence in children, adolescents and parents, our research analyzes the efficacy of our treatments and studies the long-term impact of our services as well as the effects of social experiences and environmental influences on development. Mt. Hope Family Center supports the lifelong development of the individual, from infancy to adulthood.
At Mt. Hope Family Center, we focus on treating the child while helping parents develop the skills they need to understand child development, communicate more effectively, and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. We help to break the cycle of maltreatment while working with children and their families to strengthen the family relationship.
Poverty and violence, increases in drug and alcohol abuse, neighborhoods filled with crime and violence and the stress and isolation of inner city life have increased the need for The Center's services.
Sheree Toth, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Mt. Hope Family Center. Dr. Toth is a tenured associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.
Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D. was the Director of Mt. Hope Family Center from 1984 to 2005. Dr. Cicchetti has authored numerous publications and is the founding editor of Development and Psychopathology, a peer-reviewed journal housed at Mt. Hope Family Center since 1979.
Development and Psychopathology is a multidisciplinary journal is devoted to the publication of original, empirical, theoretical and review papers which address the interrelationship of normal and pathological development in adults and children. It is intended to serve and integrate the field of developmental psychopathology which strives to understand patterns of adaptation and maladaptation throughout the lifespan. This journal is of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, social scientists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and researchers.
Staff at Mt. Hope Family Center are comprised of approximately eighty persons, including doctoral level psychology faculty, clinical social workers, research assistants, information analysts, and administrative personnel. A partial listing of staff with program affiliations is available on the contact page.
The Center is supported through grants, gifts and contracts for services. Additional information on The Center's support is available on the support page.
Mt. Hope Family Center is a program of the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology Department of the University of Rochester. The work of The Center is assisted by the efforts of an Advisory Board comprised of representatives of the greater Rochester community.
Mt. Hope Family Center
187 Edinburgh Street
Rochester, NY 14608