Big Data to Big Insights: Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health


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Big Data to Big Insights: Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health
December 4, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Capitol Visitors Center – Congressional Meeting Room South

“Big Data” is all around us: in social media click-throughs, in security camera feeds, and now – in a toddler’s facial expressions? Please join Duke University and the Duke University Medical Center to learn how computer scientists and engineers are working with experts in child psychiatry and neuroscience to harness the power of information science and revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat early childhood mental health disorders.

A networking reception will follow the panel discussion.

Space is limited.

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One in nine children suffer from an impairing mental health disorder, yet many of these children never receive care or even a diagnosis.  Imagine the improvement in child and family well-being if:

  • Identification and intervention of problems like autism and anxiety disorders take place when a child is 18 months old rather than waiting until she reaches school age;
  • Medical professionals could gain insights into typical and atypical behavior while children play with tablets at home, reducing time and expense for clinical assessments;
  • The information gathered contributes to a massive knowledge database that is heretofore unprecedented in the pediatric mental health community at home and abroad;
  • Parents were given the tools to answer, “When should I worry?”

Thanks to the Duke Information and Child Mental Health Initiative, we don’t have to imagine these things. The Initiative is currently developing and piloting innovative tools to gather, analyze, and interpret information – big data – about a child’s behaviors, emotions, and development and then, in real time, translate this information into specific evidence-based actionable guidance.

Join us for an inspiring conversation about the potential for this collaborative, interdisciplinary project to bring improved information, quality of life, and long-term outcomes for children in the US and throughout the world.

A networking reception will follow the panel discussion.



Robert Calderbank, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Information Initiative at Duke

Dr. Helen Egger, Chief, Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center

Guillermo Sapiro, Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University

Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE



For more information, please contact Landy Elliott at, 202.524.4992.