In 1979, Mt. Hope Family Center began as a therapeutic preschool program for children affected by violence in their home or community. We have grown into an award-winning, nationally and internationally respected center that combines scientific research, clinical services and hands-on mentoring and training in one facility. Today, we provide evidence-based intervention and prevention services to over 900 at-risk children and families annually in our community.
At Mt. Hope Family Center, we focus on treating children and helping parents develop the skills they need to understand child development, communicate more effectively, and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. We help to break the cycle of maltreatment while working with children and their families to strengthen the family relationship.
Our researchers study how violence, abuse, neglect and trauma influence child development and family relationships. We use those scientific findings and translate them into evidence-based therapies and programs that are proven to work. Our center’s innovative research can be found in national and international journals and academic publications. Since 1979, our researchers have published nearly 500 scientific articles.
Sheree Toth Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester Department of Psychology Chair, and Professor of Psychology.