“University of Oregon faculty are internationally renowned for the development of innovative and scalable programs to improve children’s behavioral health, backed by strong evidence. This investment builds on that strength and redefines our university with a critical effort— one that will pay dividends for generations to come.”
—Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law
“Right now, the need for behavioral health services across our country is at critical levels, and there is an opportunity to strengthen and enhance the behavioral health system so that it is set up to address every child’s needs — now and in the future.”
Co-founder, Ballmer Group Philanthropy
“Over the course of the past few months, a small group of faculty members, inspired by the forward-looking insight of Connie and Steve Ballmer, have pushed beyond fundamental research to focus on partnering for impact. We are forging partnerships around Portland and the state to develop and apply direct interventions in the lives of children. Such work is central to our role as a public research institution. We are a university by Oregon, for Oregon.”
UO Provost and Senior Vice President
“The Ballmer Institute will be a groundbreaking effort aimed at building our collective understanding and organizational capacity to effectively address the behavioral health needs of our students.”
Superintendent, Portland Public Schools
"The need for children's mental and behavioral health services is absolutely crushing. The Ballmer Institute will be focused on improving school-based services for children with behavioral needs or risk factors. And we're going to improve those services by creating a new profession to meet the workforce needs that have long been a glaring problem in mental health care for children and youth."
Acting Executive Director, Ballmer Institute
"The Ballmer Institute brings to life a bold and audacious idea to bring world class research, new innovative teaching, and direct interventions into the lives of students in schools across Oregon every day."
Vice President, University Advancement
"My hope is the Ballmer Institute is able to radically improve the behavioral health of children and youth in the state of Oregon and beyond. Through these partnerships, we're able to test interventions, train the next generation of leaders in behavioral health, and make an impact we wouldn't normally have been able to do in our siloed services."
—Laura Lee McIntyre
“This kind of social impact simply would not be possible without authentic commitments and deep partnerships with government, school systems, healthcare, and our communities. I can absolutely see a brighter future for Oregon's youth through the work of the Ballmer Institute.”
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
Co-Director, National Scientific Council on Adolescence
"I would tell students who are interested in the field of children's mental and behavioral health that this is an exciting time with multiple opportunities to do important and impactful work."
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology
“We worked to pass the Student Success Act because we heard from so many parents, teachers and students themselves that our schools need financial support to provide mental and behavioral health for our kids. That legislation provides the financial resources to help our children thrive. The Ballmer Institute will help provide the human resources to ensure our kids have what they need across Oregon.”
UO Board Trustee
Executive Director, Stand for Children-Oregon
“This is an extraordinary development on so many critical levels. Advances in behavioral health for children is a crying need in our community and everywhere across the country. This innovative proposal to help train the workforce and advance science is crucial for our community.”
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