Editorial: Is child mental health research structurally racist?
Scott H. Kollins
The past year has accelerated global discourse on the role played by institutional and societal factors in perpetuating inequities between racial and ethnic groups across all aspects of life. This editorial considers whether our traditional approaches to child mental health research – and specifically the papers that are published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP) – may inadvertently introduce structural barriers for advancing knowledge and improving mental health for children of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
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Professor Scott Kollins is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA. Scott is the Global Lead for ADHD and Substance Use Disorders at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). He is also the Director of the Duke ADHD Program. Scott has published more than 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Over the past 15 years, Scott’s research has been supported by 7 different federal agencies, including NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, NIEHS, NINDS, FDA, and EPA. In 2018, Scott received nearly $2 million in NIH funding for his work, ranking him among the Top 100 Psychiatry faculty members in the US. He currently holds a K24 career development award from NIDA.
Scott has also served as PI on more than 40 industry-funded clinical trials and is a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies in the area of ADHD clinical psychopharmacology. Scott is an elected member of the College of Problems of Drug Dependence and is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American Psychological Association Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). He has served as a standing member of the Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities study section and also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for 10 additional NIH study sections and 7 international granting agencies. He has previously served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Attention Disorders and has reviewed for more than 50 different peer-reviewed journals. Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a practice through the ADHD Program’s outpatient clinic. Scott’s research interests are in the areas of psychopharmacology; the intersection of ADHD and substance abuse; and applications of data science and digital health to child psychology and psychiatry.