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R13 Conference Series

​Management of Excessive Psychotropic Medication for Youth in Out-of-Home Care - R13 Conference Funded by NIMH and NICHD

The funded scientific meeting was held May 12 and 13, 2011 at Boys Town, Nebraska. The meeting allowed a group of researchers and practitioners to take collaborative efforts to the next level, and plan research that will inform pharmacotherapy practice and policy in out-of-home settings. The meeting had three specific aims.

  • Aim 1: To identify promising strategies for avoiding excessive and inappropriate use of psychotropic medications in the treatment of youth with behavioral and emotional problems.
  • Aim 2: To promote collaborative research alliances between basic and applied researchers that will extend beyond the scientific meeting.
  • Aim 3: To produce a long-term plan for federally-funded studies to research and improve pharmacotherapy practice for youth in out-of-home care.

For additional information, please contact Jonathan Huefner at

Supporting Materials

Conference Videos


How Boys Town became involved in doing research on psychotropic medication. Established overarching goals for meeting.



Julie Zito presents three research domains to structure collaborative work during conference.



Group discussion of proposed domains to clarification, exploration and delineation.


Practice Context

Chris Bellonci (Walker) and Doug Spellman (Boys Town) discuss their clinical experience with psychotropic medication patterns among troubled youth in residential care settings.



Discussion of patterns of psychotropic medication use after a youth leaves out-of-home care.


Research Ideas

Discussion to move from general topics to more specific research areas and topics.



Summarize, further define and prioritize relevant domains into a research agenda.


Virtual Consortium

Proposal to move applied psychotropic medication research forward via a virtual consortium.



Discussion of best approach and agencies/private funders to pursue funding to conduct the proposed research.


Study Groups

Discussion of study groups and who should participate. Lead researchers for each study group identified.