Jean Adnopoz, MPH

Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center; Director of In-Home Clinical Services

Research Interests

Psychiatry and Psychology; Health Care

Research Organizations

Child Study Center: Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy | NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Research Summary

These program models are designed to prevent removal of children from their homes and communities and reduce the likelihood of their placement in restrictive settings such as psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, dentention centers and unrelated foster homes. One such treatment program, the Intensive, In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS), is being replicated at 14 sites within Connecticut and is recognized as a promising model of intervention for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Extensive knowledge of the child welfare system and the elements of public/private collaboration necessary to maintain children's primary relationships and ensure their permanency and safety.

Extensive Research Description

My clinical and research career has been devoted to the development of programs and policies that address the needs of children who are at substantial risk for disruption of their relationships with their primary caregivers and placement in facilities and systems other than their biologic families. Our work has focused on children in the child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice systems. Some of these children are vulnerable for abuse, neglect, and abandonment or affected by parental drug addiction, chronic physical or mental illness, mental retardation and homelessness. Others suffer from their own serious psychiatric and behavioral disorders, often the result of the interaction between their own genetic imprint and chronic and pervasive stress, secondary to continuous exposure to neglect, violence and deprivation. The intervention and treatment models we have developed at the Child Study Center offer intensive, home-based, family focused services that incorporate concepts derived from developmental psychopathology, psychoanalysis, transactional risk, cognitive-behavioral and systems theories.

  • My colleagues and I are currently engaged in a randomized study of the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS) a standardized treatment model for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families that is now being replicated in 17 sites within Connecticut.
  • We have also implemented two new models of treatment for children affected by parental substance abuse. Family Based Recovery, (FBR) is designed to address both the parent and child relationship in a developmental context and to provide reinforcement-based substance abuse treatment for parents who are active users. FBR has been replicated in 5 additional sites throughout the state. SAFE Families offers drug and mental health treatment for families from which a child has been removed. In collaboration with Advanced Behavioral Health it aims to promote reunification and permanency.

Selected Publications

  • Woolston, J, Adnopoz, J., Berkowitz, S. IICAPS: A Home-Based Treatmetn for Children and Adolescents, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT., 2007
  • Adnopoz, J., Working with High Risk Children and Families in their Own Homes: An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Vulnerable Children, Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice, A. Lightburn, P. Sessions (eds), Oxford University Press, New York
  • Murphy, R., Forsyth, B., Adnopoz, J., Neurobiological and Psychosocial Sequelae of HIV Disease in Child and Adolescents, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, (3rd Ed.) M. Lewis (Ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2002.
  • Adnopoz, J., Grigsby, K., High-Risk Children, Adolescents and Families: Organizing Principles for Mental Health Prevention and Intervention, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, (3rd Ed.) M. Lewis (Ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott, Willia
  • Adnopoz, J., Home Based Child and Family Treatment, In: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, (3rd Ed.) M. Lewis (Ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2002.
  • Rowland, M., Woolston, J., Adnopoz, J., Intensive Home-Based Family Preservation Approaches, Including Multisystemic Therapy, Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, (4th Ed.) A.Martin, F. Volkmar (Ed.) Baltimore, Lippincott, Wi

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Contact Info

Jean Adnopoz, MPH
Office Location
Nieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road, Ste 203

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Child Study CenterP.O. Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, ct 06520-7900