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Innovations in methods and technologies are equipping researchers with unprecedented capabilities for detecting and characterizing pathologic processes in the developing human brain. As a result, there is growing enthusiasm about the prospect of access to clinically useful tools that can assist in the diagnosis and management of mental health and learning disorders. For these ambitions to be realized, it is critical to accrue large-scale multimodal datasets that capture a broad range of commonly encountered clinical psychopathology. To this end, the Child Mind Institute launched the Healthy Brain Network in 2015, an ongoing initiative focused on creating and sharing a data resource comprised of data from at least 10,000 New York City area children and adolescents (ages 5-21). The Healthy Brain Network utilizes a community-referred recruitment model. Initially, study advertisements sought the participation of families with concerns about one or more mental health or learning concerns in their child. The Healthy Brain Network stores and openly shares de-identified data about psychiatric, behavioral, cognitive, and lifestyle (e.g., fitness, diet) phenotypes, as well as multimodal brain imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), digital voice and video recordings, genetics, and actigraphy. Beyond accelerating transdiagnostic research, the Healthy Brain Network resource has the potential to advance related areas, such as biophysical modeling, voice and speech analysis, natural viewing fMRI and EEG, and methods optimization.

The various webpages on the present site provide detailed information about the Healthy Brain Network data. However, before data usage, we strongly recommend you download and read the Healthy Brain Network resource paper. We also encourage all users to regularly check the Release Information section. This page will post the most up to date information regarding changes in HBN protocols or procedures, as well as any fixes that arise for data that has been shared.

The measures utilized in the Healthy Brain Network have changed over time and will continue to be refined in the future. Some reasons for measure changes include the development of new research questions, new or alternative versions of measures becoming available, and changes to available study resources. Relevant change information is detailed in the Release Information section.

Please visit the Healthy Brain Network program website if you want to have a child evaluated or learn how to connect families with no-cost comprehensive research evaluations.

The Healthy Brain Network Team

Child Mind Institute President
Harold S. Koplewicz
Principal Investigator
Michael Milham
Project Director
Michelle Freund

Project Manager
Cindy Gil
Operations Manager
Camille Gregory
Clinical Training and Assessment Manager
Rebecca Neuhaus
Research Coordinator
Spencer Morenko

Phenotypic Protocol Development
Lindsay Alexander, Charissa Andreotti, F. Xavier Castellanos, Jon Clucas, Arno Klein, Nicolas Langer, Bennett L. Leventhal, Catherine Lord, Judith Milham, Tomas Paus, Ken R. Pugh, Child Mind Institute Scientific Research Council
Clinical Evaluation
Rebecca Neuhaus, Jennifer Birchler, Nicholas Vitaro, Julia Keene, Amanda Lewis, Anna Smith, Victoria Castagna, Seda Yaman, Russell Tobe

Phenotypic Data Collection and Organization
Spencer Morenko, Mindy Quiroz, Katie Kraemer, Olivia Schneider, Erin Levy, Elif Bengi, Alex Vizents, Luke Noreña
Phenotypic Data Management & Analysis
Lindsay Alexander, Shaida Soroush, Camille Gregory

Imaging Protocol
Michael Milham, Alexandre Franco, Cameron Craddock
MRI Logistics and Data Collection*
Camille Gregory, Alessandra D’Amore, Alexandra Gonzalez, Ally Herrnson, Ryan Baker, Sydney Autorino, Noel Xie [*MRI data collection was terminated in April 2023]

Neuroimaging Data Management & Analysis
Nathalia Bianchini Esper, Alexandre Franco
Recruitment, Intake, and Scheduling
Marijayne Bushey, Alexia Cole, Jared Fisse, Hannah Lassner, Helen Lee, Sydney Autorino, Noel Xie, Alessandra D’Amore, Alexandra Gonzalez, Ally Herrnson, Ryan Baker

Data Curation & Sharing
Arianna Zuanazzi, Johan Peralta, Shaida Soroush, Alexandre Franco
Documentation
Lindsay Alexander, Marijayne Bushey, Minji Kang, Camille Gregory, Arianna Zuanazzi, Spencer Morenko, Rebecca Neuhaus

Drafting of the Manuscript
Lindsay Alexander, Michael Milham
Miscellaneous Support and Guidance
Samantha Cohen, Satrajit Ghosh, Amy Margolis, Lucas Parra, Tamara Vanderwal


Alumni
Lei Ai, Jasmine Escalera, Alex Mangone, Gabriella Green, Bridget O'Hagan, Kayla Kleinman, Katherine Kabotyanski, Natan Vega Potler, John Pellman, Batya S. Bronstein, Anastasia Bui, Megan Eaves, Natalie Grant-Villegas, Shannon Litke, Yael Osman, Karina Febre, Anna Yeo, Eliza Kramer, Meagan Kovacs, Henry Butler, Dala Badreddine, Jaipreet Ghuman, Rachel Waltz, Bonhwang Koo, Emma Andrus, Nicolas Camacho, Danielle Citera, Shana Harris, Laura Miller, Alexandra Nussbaum, Kimberly Cameron, Batya Septimus, Tian Saltzman, Maryam Evari, Aaron Battey, Charissa Andreotti, Tatiana Mercedes, Andrew Miele, Cassady Casey, Rosa Cohen, Amanda Greenspan, Eric Riklin, Christopher Adalio, Tohar Scheininger, Elisha Chan, Giuseppe Minniti, Ana Restrepo-Lachman, Erin Hunt, Grace McAlindin, Alexa Rodriguez, Cristina Sperrazza, Alexis Alexander, Jennifer Anderson, Margaret Dyson, Angelina Kim-Li, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Tamanna Chabra, Erica Correa, Chase Hill, Jordan Kaye, Corey Plate, Miriam San Lucas, Annette Schieffelin, Katherine Sitler-Elbel, Meg Stomski, Germeen Kilada, Kristen Schiavo, Lianne Ramdhany, Abigail Felix, Haley Ringenary, Megan Del Rosario, Reilly Gallin, Zoee Forde, Muthoni Mahachi, Nicole O'Donnell, Victoria Connors, Alyse Wells, Abby Rusnak, Adenique Lisse, Kriti Bhardwaj, Laura Eslava-Gonzalez, Maddie Kutler, T’yanna Maheia, Gabriela Fizsbein, Kelly Scolaro, Dawn Kraut, Michael Appelgren, Katie Fitzgerald, Amy Racanello, Christina Guentert, Danielle Kahn, Najé James, Tabinda Abro, Ramon Diah, Carolyn Chadwick, Ahrisue Choi, Justin Saranovic, Mariella Williams, Maya Stevenson, Beatrice Hirch, Jasmine Paz, Katie Moskowitz, Francesca Fernandez, Jacob DeRosa, Sydney Krieg, Ally Herrnson, Jessica Falco, Diamond Camacho, Emma Kreutzmann, Jarett Lee, Jason Dunlap, Karen Leung, Miranda Almanzar, Rachel Ross, Tenealle Santillon, Tiffany Small, Kaitlin Kearney, Gabrielle Denicola, Emily Hunt, Cindy Huang, Amna Khan, Jamie Geller, Karina Disla, Tenzin Bhutia, Elizabeth Brookman, Kimberly Morgenbesser, Sierra Carlen, Kate Hirsch, Jessica Heller, Yuanyue Sun, Tyner Gordon, Allegra Califano.

Funding


The Healthy Brain Network and its collaborative initiatives are supported by philanthropic contributions from the following individuals, foundations and organizations: Margaret Bilotti; Brooklyn Nets; Agapi and Bruce Burkard; James Chang; Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen; Grieve Family Fund; Susan Miller and Byron Grote; Sarah and Geoff Gund; George Hall; Jonathan M. Harris Family Foundation; Joseph P. Healey; The Hearst Foundations; Eve and Ross Jaffe; Howard & Irene Levine Family Foundation; Rachael and Marshall Levine; George and Nitzia Logothetis; Christine and Richard Mack; Julie Minskoff; Valerie Mnuchin; Morgan Stanley Foundation; Amy and John Phelan; Roberts Family Foundation; Jim and Linda Robinson Foundation, Inc.; Linda and Richard Schaps; Zibby Schwarzman; Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram; Amy and John Weinberg; Donors to the 2013 Child Advocacy Award Dinner Auction; Donors to the 2012 Brant Art Auction.

Acknowledgments


We thank the Communications, Development, Finance, and Human Resource teams at the Child Mind Institute (past and present) for their endless support, as well as the CMI Executive Team and the Child Mind Institute Scientific Research Council for their guidance and critical feedback in the planning of the Healthy Brain Network; Judith Gardner and Bernard Karmel for assisting in the recruitment efforts; Tammy Vanderwaal and Uri Hasson for their consultation in the selection of movies for the natural viewing paradigms; Simon Kelly for his assistance with devising the EEG battery; Megan Horton for advising us to add the collection of baby teeth; Antonio Convit for information regarding assessments of body composition; Stan Colcombe for information regarding fitness assessments; and Michael Michaelides for advising us to add hair samples for metals. Additionally, we would like to thank Joan Kaufman and Ken Kobak for providing access to the newly developed computerized KSADS and Ted Satterthwaite for helpful comments on the manuscript during its preparation.

We also acknowledge and thank Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, Staten Island Health and Wellness Director Dr. Ginny Mantello, and New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza and his team (specifically William Matarazzo and Anthony Reinhart) for their guidance in developing strong partnerships throughout Staten Island, and their continued support of the project. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the mental health organizations, service providers, and clinicians across Staten Island, and NYC at large, who continue to work with our staff and refer participants to the project. Our sincere gratitude is extended to the participants and their families for their contributions to this project.