Welcome to the Center for Family Intervention Science
The Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS) is based at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. CFIS is dedicated to the development, testing and training of behavioral treatments for adolescents struggling with depression and its co-occurring problems (e.g., suicide, substance use problems). Much of the work focuses on the application of Attachment-based Family Therapy (Diamond, 2006) to the treatment of these problems. In addition, increasingly studies at CFIS have focused on identifying, screening and treating these youth in medical settings (e.g., Primary Care, Emergency Department). CFIS has been funded by federal, state and private research grants over the past 10 years. The Center is directed by Guy Diamond, Ph.D. an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.
At the center of Dr. Diamond's work is the development and testing of Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT; Diamond et al., 2002). ABFT is a manualized family therapy model specifically designed for adolescent struggling with depression and suicide. ABFT has been successful in reducing suicidal ideation, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and family conflict in one clinical trial and is now being tested in two larger studies. ABFT focuses on promoting adolescent-parent attachment in an effort a) reduce family conflicts that may contribute to depression and suicide and or b) increase family support as a buffer against relapse.