Campaign for CHAAMP

A bold vision for a brighter future – our kids are counting on you.

Why now?

The need is urgent!

As a nation and as a community, we are experiencing unprecedented rates of mental illnesses in kids and teens and never-before-seen shortages in access to treatment programs. With half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14, addressing this now is critical for our children and for the generations to come.

We must create a better future.

With your help the Campaign for CHAAMP will:

Fund cutting-edge CHAAMP research, including study-related costs such as equipment, participant compensation, clinical training, and more. With only 10% of the National Institutes of Health budget directed toward childhood health research, we seek to fill a much-needed gap.

Recruit leading clinician-scientists in the specialties of Early Childhood, Adolescence, and Middle Childhood. We’re seeking to deliver mental health care across the entire lifespan of a child! And, we’ve already made our first hire for our Early Childhood Specialist with Dr. Danielle Roubinov.
Build a robust research program team of program coordinators, clinical research assistants, data analysts, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate trainees. This is the ripple effect of having stellar leaders and an established program. Plus, the added benefit of training the next generation of researchers.

What is CHAAMP?

The Foundation of Hope Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program (CHAAMP) is a new scientific research program within the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at UNC. It is focused on breakthrough research to transform the way we understand, prevent, and treat child and adolescent mood and anxiety disorders. Through CHAAMP:

Research-tested prevention and intervention protocols lead to treatments that are specific to the needs of children, from infancy and childhood to adolescence to emerging adulthood.

Solutions are designed to be delivered in real-world settings where children live, learn, and play, getting science out of the lab to children and families in their communities.

Prevention and intervention can be possible at earlier ages, based on novel research into risk factors and contributing conditions.