Celebrating the achievements of evidence-based child and adolescent mental health ... and looking ahead to its continuous growth


Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.—Benjamin Franklin

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Evidence Based Mental Health has devoted a Special Issue to child and adolescent mental health, acknowledging its crucial role in mental health. The issue, aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the advances and unmet needs in evidence-based child and adolescent mental health, includes three types of articles.

First, in a series of state-of-the-art reviews, renowned experts in the field provide a critical overview of the major advances in key areas of child and adolescent psychiatry over the past 20 years and highlight future research priorities. In a succinct but very thoughtful review, Doherty et al1 guide us through the journey of the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs), with a special focus on its implications for the clinical practice. While initial linkage analysis and candidate gene approaches...