Welcome to Mt. Hope Family Center

We are a unique center that studies how violence, maltreatment and other traumas affect human development and family relationships.  We use our findings to provide evidence-based programs and services for at-risk children and families.  And, as part of the University of Rochester, we train and educate the next generation of clinicians and research scientists.

Our expert team of professionals is led by Mt. Hope Family Center’s Executive Director, Sheree L.Toth Ph.D.  Dr. Toth is also Professor of Clinical and Social Psychology at the University of Rochester.


Latest News Release:

Depression therapy effective for poor, minority moms

A new study shows that screening for depression and providing short-term, relationship-focused therapy through weekly home visits can relieve the disorder among minority mothers, even in the face of poverty and personal histories of abuse or violence. Such help can have far reaching benefits not only for mothers, but also for their children.

"It's amazing, really," says psychologist Sheree Toth, lead author and executive director of the University of Rochester's Mt. Hope Family Center. "This research tracked a 14-week intervention for mothers who are terribly overwhelmed, surrounded by high-crime neighborhoods, lacking social support, and often traumatized.'" (read more)

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What are the signs and symptoms of depression? 

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Banner Photo Credits: Left & Right Photo © 2005 Anissa Thompson - http://webdesign.anissat.com/photos.php, Center Photo by Rodrigo Gutierrez