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Lisa Kirchner
Gretchen Underwood

For immediate release:
September 22, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Awarded $1.1 Million; National Institute of Mental Health Continues to Fund Study

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University researchers Daniel Nagin and Jeffrey Dominitz have received a $1.1 million award from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop statistical methodologies to study the development of psychiatric disorders and violent behavior. The grant will support an ongoing research program that studies patterns related to developmental trajectories, or the course of behavior such as violence over age or time.

"In my own work I'm using the research to better understand what factors predict trajectories of violence and if there are interventions that can alter that course," Nagin said.

The three-year grant will support two important new areas for expanded study, identifying factors that change developmental trajectories of violent behavior and developing a set of tools that predict individual behavior outcomes.

The research will take into account various events that occur in an individual's trajectory for effects on the developmental course of a psychiatric disorder. The predictive model will be important for both scientific and clinical purposes, allowing for the capability to predict trajectory group membership and behavior.

Nagin, a Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor of Public Policy, and Dominitz, an assistant professor of economics and public policy, are with the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.


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