Center for Family Intervention Science
Welcome to the website for the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS). CFIS was started in 1995 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Our focus has always been on developing, testing and disseminating family-based treatment, prevention and screening models with a particular interest in adolescents struggling with depression, suicide, trauma, and substance use. Our main focus has been Attachment-Based Family Therapy for the treatment of adolescent depression and suicide. Additionally, studies at CFIS have focused on the Behavioral Health Screen (BHS), which is a validated screening tool developed and researched by FIS to address the need for comprehensive behavioral health screening and identification in primary care, emergency rooms, schools and college campuses.
Historically, our efforts have been dedicated to working with low-income minority patients in Philadelphia but projects have now expanded across the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania, nationally and internationally. In 2013, we moved CFIS to the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) at Drexel University. Through the support of Drexel, our research mission has continued to expand and CFIS now supports the research of several faculty within CNHP. We also collaborate with the Couples and Family Therapy PhD program at Drexel where we hope to support the training of the next generation of family based intervention and prevention researchers and scholars.
We hope that through our research, teaching, and training we can improve the quality of behavioral health services and thus the lives of families struggling with mental illness. The Center for Family Intervention Science is directed by Guy Diamond, PhD, director of the Couple & Family Therapy PhD Program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.