Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab
Initially founded at Indiana University in 2003 and then re-established at Texas A&M University in 2006, CAHRL’s mission is to have every child reach their optimal health by creating awareness of child and adolescent health issues through the achievement of four goals:
- Establish multidisciplinary collaborations with other entities in order to improve child and adolescent health;
- Improve knowledge on child and adolescent health through research;
- Disseminate information through health education; and
- Translate research findings into practice.
Research undertaken by the CAHRL uses a socio-ecological approach to understanding and improving child and adolescent health. The focus is on micro (personality, attitude, knowledge) and macro (family, friends, neighborhoods, schools, politics) factors influencing health outcomes and health behaviors.
CAHRL currently has two grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Other funding sources include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas State Department of Health.