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Prominent Psychologist to Lead Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

As a leading researcher, clinical psychologist Katie McLaughlin has dedicated her career to the prevention and treatment of mental health issues in youth.

Confronting the Crisis

Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

The vision of the Ballmer Institute is to improve access for all youth to evidence-based behavioral health promotion, prevention, and care. Central to the achievement of equity in access to high quality mental health services will be the establishment of a new bachelor's level profession, the Child Behavioral Health Specialist.
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Our Child Behavioral Health Programs

You can enter into this new mental health profession with an undergraduate degree and deliver services in schools, health care systems, and the community. This first of its kind program in the U.S. will provide high-quality, equitable and accessible behavioral health care for children and adolescents and will increase access to prevention and care. We also offer a graduate coursework sequence for youth-serving professionals looking to expand their field of study. 

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Applications are Open!

Undergraduate students are now able to apply to the Child Behavioral Health Program at the Ballmer Institute. This major – the first undergraduate behavioral health degree program of its kind in the US – will expand the existing behavioral health workforce and increase access to mental health interventions for youth and families. Students will graduate with over 700 hours of supervised community-based practice in Portland area K12 schools, health care systems, and other community settings. 

How to Apply

A transformational gift

In 2022, the University of Oregon established the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health.  This vision is made possible by a $425 Million transformational gift from Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group Philanthropy

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State-level macro-economic factors moderate the association of low income with brain structure and mental health in U.S. children

The Ballmer Institute's Incoming Executive Director Katie McLaughlin, and her Harvard team's new study finds macrostructural characteristics, such as cost of living and state-level anti-poverty programs, relate to the magnitude of socioeconomic disparities in brain development and mental health.

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UO's Ballmer Institute announces new executive director

Less than a year after announcing a $425 million donation from Steve and Connie Ballmer, The Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon has a permanent leader. 

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University of Oregon announces executive director for Ballmer Institute

An institute promising to transform higher education’s impact on a major challenge facing the state and the country has taken a key step toward that goal.

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