Bradley Hospital (Lifespan) Receives $10m to Establish Novel Research Center Investigating Links between Sleep & Pediatric Mental Health

Bradley Hospital (Lifespan) Receives $10m to Establish Novel Research Center Investigating Links between Sleep & Pediatric Mental Health

Now a first of its kind center focuses on the links between sleep and pediatric mental health as Bradley Hospital received $10 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create this center focusing on pediatric sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, and mental health. Called “The Center for Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Child and Adolescent Mental Health,” this new center will study the linkages of sleep and mental illness in children and adolescents. The award was made possible thanks to the NIH’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program, which supports multi-year studies in themed areas that strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity. Bradley Hospital, long known as a leader in the field of behavioral health translational research, becomes a major center influencing the research in response to growing demand for high-quality mental health care for children and adolescents—a need heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TrialSite provides a brief breakdown of this funding.

What will the $10.1 million grant fund?

The funds will help Bradley Hospital develop a pioneering new center to support ongoing research centering on the connection between children’s mental health and sleep. The goal will be that cutting-edge research will result that can be translated to therapies and supports for children and their families.

Grant Programs

The COBRE program provides awards for three sequential five-year phases; Bradley Hospital received $10 million for the first five-year period of the award. Initial research initiatives at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Child and Adolescent Mental Health will include:

  • Project 1 – assess in primary school children from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds how green space use impacts sleep and mental health. 
  • Project 2 – use an intensive sleep and chronobiology approach along with neuroimaging to determine how sleepiness and memory in early adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are affected by sleep bioregulatory factors. 
  • Project 3 – use a prospective approach to query the roles of sleep patterns and circadian timing in the progression of Bipolar Illness in children and early adolescents. 

About Bradley Hospital

Based in East Providence, Rhode Island, Bradley Hospital is the nation’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children. It’s a member of the Lifespan health group and is a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Who will lead the center?

Mary A. Carskadon, PhD, director of chronobiology and sleep research at Bradley Hospital. Dr. Carskadon is considered an authority on sleep and circadian rhythms and an expert in sleep patterns, especially in children and adolescents.

Who else is on the leadership team?

Jennifer Freeman, PhD

Jennifer Wolff, PhD

David Barker, PhD

John McGear, PhD, Brown University

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