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Advancing Youth Mental Health Through Implementation Science - Child Mental Health Forum


Presented by Kelsie H. Okamura, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Hawai’i Pacific University Implementation Researcher, The Baker Center for Children and Families


Location: Virtually on Zoom

It is estimated that one in five youth will experience some type of behavioral health concern by age 18. Additionally, youth often do not receive treatment informed by any type of evidence. The goal of this presentation will be to highlight the research to practice gap and introduce the audience to implementation science concepts. Studies within youth mental health across the United States will demonstrate implementation science questions and methods to narrowing the 17-year research-to-practice gap.

Target Audience

Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.   

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify implementation science terminology and domains of interest
  2. Understand how implementation science has been applied in youth mental health

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The institution designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This institution maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.