The TRANSFORM Center is a unique partnership between the University of Rochester (UR) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) with support from the Educational Development Center, Inc. TRANSFORM research is jointly conducted at the UR’s Mt. Hope Family Center and UMN’s Institute of Child Development. The TRANSFORM Community Engagement Core (CEC) is housed at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in the Department of Psychiatry, the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) and the Susan B. Anthony Center.
The University of Rochester is a top-rated RI (Highest Research Activity) university known for its highly collaborative environment, dedicated to supporting basic and translational research. The University consistently finds itself within the top colleges and universities receiving funding for research and other sponsored activities. Mt. Hope Family Center, TRANSFORM’s UR location, is part of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E).
University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center was established in 1979 to prevent child abuse and neglect and to do so with sensitivity to ethnic and racial diversity. For nearly four decades, MHFC has provided both evidence-based treatment for abused and neglected children and their parents while conducting rigorous empirical research with maltreated children and their families. MHFC is a national and international leader in state-of-the-art research in child maltreatment and helped establish the field of developmental psychopathology.
Founded in 1851 as the state’s land grant institution, the University of Minnesota (UMN) is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States, ranking among the most prestigious. The mission of UMN’s Institute of Child Development (ICD) is the advancement of quality research, evidence-based clinical training, and information dissemination to promote the mental health and social, emotional, and cognitive development of at-risk children from birth to age 18. To ignite improvements and bridge the gap from research to practice in children’s mental health, ICD applies findings from research into evidence-based training and awareness building in the community.
The Department of Psychiatry at UR is focused on providing outstanding care to patients and families, educating future generations of mental health professionals, creating new knowledge, and fostering productive collaborations in our region and beyond. The Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) draws together researchers and practitioners across multidisciplinary fields to facilitate the rigorous investigation of violence and victimization, emphasizing public health and prevention perspectives, and focusing primarily on violence. LIVV faculty address social, cultural, and psychological risk factors of violence, viewed through the lenses of law and mental health.
The Susan B. Anthony Center, part of the University of Rochester, was founded in 1997, focuses on bringing awareness to and advocating for social justice issues, which includes issues that affect women and families. Affiliated faculty, staff, trustees and/or alumnae, who have achieved significant professional stature and influence and compiled a commendable, trailblazing body of work, lend their expertise to assist moving policy forward. Students have volunteer opportunities and are able to learn through being in the community and putting their classroom experiences into practice. Dr. Catherine Cerulli assumed the Directorship in September of 2012 and is moving the Center into the direction of focusing energies where policy, research and practicality intersect.
The Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a global non-profit organization founded in 1958 and based in Newton, MA, with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. EDC’s staff of approximately 1,700 work on more than 79 projects in public health as well as 271 projects in science and mathematics education, international development, early childhood education, and other topics. EDC has expertise in training and technical assistance (TA), technology applications, research, evaluation, and the operation of large, complex national resource and TA centers. They have more than two decades of experience in health, mental health, substance abuse, and injury and violence prevention, which includes a long-standing history of working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal, state, and local agencies to develop and disseminate evidence-based injury and violence prevention resources.