The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) focuses on understanding trajectories of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity, including poverty, conflict, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child development and mental health. The program develops targeted psychosocial interventions that support positive life outcomes that can be effectively delivered at scale in low-resource settings. Overall, the program team works to develop evidence-based, transdiagnostic interventions that are feasible and cost effective, to support positive life outcomes. These outcomes are key to child health, social services, and the economic development agendas.
We have built out models that apply a sequence of mixed qualitative and quantitative methods as a way to address some of the measurement challenges faced by the field. This innovative mixed methods process has been applied in a range of settings. This process expands the traditional psychopathological approach to one that also examines local protective processes linked to resilient outcomes.