Can You Track a Child’s Mental Health? Cincinnati Children’s Spends $10M To Find a Way

A trip to the pediatrician's office one day could include routine tracking of your child's mental health, similar to the way doctors check kids' physical growth through a height and weight chart. Roughly 1 in 6 American children over age 2 have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Monday announced a $10 million investment in a project that, researchers say, will lead to early intervention of mental health disorders – as a way to treat the disorders and prevent dire outcomes, including suicide.

"If we do something early, a lot of times kids get better," said John Pestian, Ph.D., a Cincinnati Children's expert in building neuropsychiatric artificial intelligence algorithms and the co-principal investigator for the new project. 

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