The Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) is the first child guidance center in the United States. Founded in 1909 as a part of the Jane Addams settlement house (pictured above) the IJR has always been a center for a multidisciplinary approach to research, training, and clinical practice in the field of children’s mental health.


Collection of Dick & Jane Readers from the 1940s.

From the Dick and Jane readers that introduced countless Americans to literacy to first EEG (electroencephalograph) to record brain functioning, the IJR has always balanced today’s mental health needs with the innovation required tomorrow.

Through its Center for Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy, the IJR carries on the tradition of meeting clients where they are at and bringing service directly to the community by addressing mental health needs for children in impoverished communities by:

·  Providing research and collaborating with stakeholders to advance children’s mental health policy;

·  Leveraging natural supports and community settings to meet social, emotional, and mental health needs;

·  And, revising the role of the mental health provider in a community setting.

Meeting mental health concerns of today and tomorrow for more than a century.