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Jason Lang

Chief Program Officer, Child Health and Development Institute
Assistant Clinical Professor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
Chapter Member: Connecticut SSN
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About Jason

Lang's work is to strengthen children's behavioral health systems, policies, and practice to identify and advance evidence-informed solutions resulting in equitable and optimal behavioral health and well-being for children and families. His research themes include evidence-based practices, childhood trauma and trauma screening, school mental health, quality improvement, and implementation science. Lang serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCONN Health Center, and has served as a subject matter expert for SAMHSA and on the SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Steering Committee.


In the News

Quoted by Ginny Monk in "Notice to Quit: How Evictions Affect Connecticut’s Children and Families, Part 1," The Connecticut Mirror, December 11, 2022.
Quoted by Kathleen Megan in "Black, Latino Children Do Better With Evidence-Based Therapy Than Talk Therapy," The Connecticut Mirror, November 29, 2019.
Guest on For the People, April 4, 2019.


"Strengthening the Behavioral Health Workforce for Children, Youth, and Families: A Strategic Plan for Connecticut," (with Aleece Kelly and Michael Hoge), Child Health and Development Institute, November 2023.

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing the children's behavioral health workforce, best practices from other states and research, and stakeholder input to provide recommendations for strengthening the workforce.

"The Feasibility and Utility of Trauma Screening for Children Involved in the Juvenile Justice System" (with Brittany C.L. Lange and Christian Michael Connell). Journal of Traumatic Stress 36, no. 1 (2023).

Describes how new, brief interventions for children with mental health concerns have been shown to be effective and how they can be rolled out more broadly to provide families with increased choice and also reduce burden on clinicians.

"Equity-Focused, Trauma-Informed Policy Can Mitigate COVID-19’s Risks to Children’s Behavioral Health" (with Robey B Champine and Anusha Mamidipaka). Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8, no. 10 (2021).

Describes how policies to improve children's behavioral health can address equity and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through a trauma-informed approach.

"Outcomes, Evidence-Based Treatments, and Disparities in a Statewide Outpatient Children’s Behavioral Health System" (with Christian Michael Connell, Phyllis Lee, and Tim Marshall). Children and Youth Services Review 120, no. 4 (2020).

Investigates the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments for children within a statewide system, focusing on the use of evidence-based treatments (EBTs). Findings show that children who receive EBTs show greater improvements with fewer disparities for children from diverse backgrounds.