About The Center

In 1979, Mt. Hope Family Center began as a therapeutic preschool program for children affected by violence in their home or community.   Throughout our history we have been guided by the discipline of developmental psychopathology and have become international leaders in maltreatment research.  Today, we provide intervention and prevention services and offer evidence-based therapies to over 800 at-risk children and families annually.  We have since become the only agency in Rochester employing innovative concepts to help build strong, healthy families and peer relationships. 

Mt. Hope Family Center’s unique approach combines scientific research, clinical services and hands-on mentoring and training in one facility. By working closely together, we are developing and providing more effective evidence-based therapies while improving research in human development, maternal depression, child neglect and abuse. 

Although our work is rooted in psychology, we want to discover how other scientific disciplines might improve our understanding of human development, integrating elements of social work, medicine, and most recently, engineering in creating scientific collaborations that keep us on the leading ledge of our field.

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. Mt. Hope Family Center supports the lifelong development of the individual, from infancy to adulthood.

Mt. Hope Family Center is affiliated with the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology Department of the University of Rochester.  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 Us page.

Multidisciplinary Journal

Development and Psychopathology is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal 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. The journal is of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, social scientists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and researchers.

Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D. was the Director of Mt. Hope Family Center from 1984 to 2005 and is the founding editor of Development and Psychopathology.  Dr. Cicchetti is currently the McKnight Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Development and Psychiatry, University of Minnesota. 

The editorial office for Development and Psychopathology remains at Mt. Hope Family Center.


Mt. Hope Family Center
187 Edinburgh Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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