Christina Hoven

Christina Hoven

Christina Hoven

Professor of Clinical
Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)


1051 Riverside Drive, Rm. 5218, Unit 43
New York NY 10032


Dr. Hoven's career has focused on improving children's mental health services. She was Principal Investigator of the 2002 study: "Effects of The World Trade Center Attacks on New York City Public School Students," conducted on a representative sample of 8,236 students. That first epidemiological study of children following a major disaster included an assessment of eight psychiatric disorders. Important insights generated concern the relationship of psychopathology to various types of exposure, including previous exposure to trauma, and the importance of assessing children far from the immediate locus of disaster for psychological impact. That study is credited with immediately bringing more than.33 million federal dollars for child mental health services to NYC, as well as significantly raising awareness about post-disaster child mental health problems in general. In an effort to further explain some of that study's findings, Dr. Hoven is currently in the process of assessing children of World Trade Center evacuees and is preparing to do a study of the children of First Responders in New York City and in Israel. She is also actively engaged in a multi-national study focused on identifying appropriate methodologies for raising awareness of child mental health issues. Dr. Hoven is currently the Director of the International Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.



DrPH, 1988, Columbia University
MPH, 1987, Columbia University
MA, 1968, University of Missouri
BA, 1966, Lindenwood College

Mailman Affiliations


Honors & Awards

David E. Rogers Medal in Health Policy, Cornell University
Testified, US Senate (2002): Child Mental health Post-September 11, 2001

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Global Health, Mental Health

Select Urban Health Activities

NYC-DOH World Trade Center Registry: Dr. Hoven is a member of the World Trade Center Registry's Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee's focus is the development of population registry of all persons in and near the WTC on September 11, 2001. The registry's purpose is to profile and facilitate tracking of this population over time to assess health related outcomes.
Beyond the Zone School Mental Health Program-Washington Heights: This project, which is sponsored by the Children's Mental Health Alliance, attempts to merge clinical, social, educational, and family support activities in a community particularly impacted by September 11th, as well as the effects of the November 12th plane crash, through a comprehensive child mental health program.

Select Global Activities

PAHO-Harvard-Columbia Initiative on Child Mental Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: This collaboration is focused on simultaneous interventions aimed at parents, the public health, and school systems, based on the assumption that child development interventions should be community based. The research and intervention programs planned here are expected to be multi-focal and will include: 1) Community Child Development Education and Parenting Seminars, 2) Child Health and Development Screening and Education Program at Health Centers, 3) Development of a parent-held, culturally relevant child development record, 4) In-Service training for Day-Care and Basic School teachers and 5) Provision of appropriate material for child development at day-care and basic schools.
PAHO-Columbia-Harvard Children's Mental Health Policy Initiative for Latin America: The Brazilian Child and Adolescent Rights Act, enacted in 1990, goes beyond a declaration of child rights and actually mandates the means to facilitate the implementation of these rights: every Brazilian municipality should have at least a Child Rights Council and a Child Guardianship Council (GC). The GCs should, therefore, be considered as having a significant potential for social transformation. Child health, including its physical, developmental and mental aspects provides a good measure of how a wide spectrum of child rights are being attended. This study, will determine objective indicators of and factors associated with the impact of GCs on child health.
WPA-WHO-IACAPAP Global Child Mental Health Awareness Committee: This project, using a pre- and post- assessment of school children, their teachers and their parents, will test methodologies for increasing awareness of children's mental health issues, including stigma, service options, etc. Participating countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Nigeria, Russia, and Uganda.

Select Publications

Hoven CW (Developed for The Presidential World Psychiatric Association Program on Global Child Mental Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Associatio Expanding awareness of mental health in childhood and adolescence: a manual WHO 182 countries In press
Wu P, Hoven CW, Liu X, Cohen P, Fuller, CJ, Shaffer D Substance use, suicidal ideation and attempts in children and adolescents Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 34(4) 409-421 2004
Flisher AJ, Kramer RA, Hoven CW, Greenwald S, Alegria M, Bird HR, Canino G, Connell R, Moore RE Psychosocial characteristics of physically abused children and adolescents Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 36 123-131 1997
Glied S, Hoven CW, Moore RE, Garrett AB, Regier DA Children's access to mental health care: does insurance matter Health Affairs 16 167-174 1997
Bird HR, Davies M, Fisher P, Narrow WE, Jensen PS, Hoven C, Cohen P, Dulcan MK How specific is specific impairment? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 39 1182-1189 2000
Hoven CW, Duarte CS, Mandell DJ Children's mental health after disasters: The impact of the World Trade Center attack Current Psychiatry 5 101-107 2003
Hoven CW, Duarte CS, Lucas CP, Wu P, Mandell DJ, Goodwin RD, Cohen M, Balaban V, Woodruff BA, Fan B, Mei L, Musa GJ, Cantor PA, Aber JL, Cohen P, Susser E Psychopathology among New York City school children six months after September 11th, Archives of General Psychiatry In press
Hoven CW, Duarte CD, Wu P, Erickson E, Musa, GJ, Mandell DJ Exposure to trauma and separation anxiety in children after the WTC attack Applied Developmental Science In press
SW Coates, JL Rosenthal and DS Schechter (eds.) September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds Analytic Press Hillsdale, NJ 51-74 2003
Hoven CW Hoven CW: U.S. Senate Testimony: The Children of September 11: The Need for Mental Health Services US Government Printing Office, Senate Hearing No. 107-540, Document No. 552-070-29-035-4 U.S, Senate: Committee on Health, Education, Labor June 10, 2002
Hoven CW, Duarte CS, Lucas CP, Mandell DJ, Cohen M, Rosen C, Wu P, Musa GJ, Gregorian N Effects of the World Trade Center attack on NYC public school students MSPH-NYSPI;-ARC: Also available on the NYC Department of Education Website Archive: New York City Board of Education 2002

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