Ballmer Institute

Ballmer Institute

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health has launched at a time when the need for child mental health care is at an all-time high. 

We need innovative new solutions to transform the child mental health system to make it more effective, accessible, and equitable. By creating the nation’s first undergraduate program in child behavioral health, the Ballmer Institute establishes a new model for mental health care for children and families. 

The child behavioral health degree program is not only an academic major. It is a training program for a new mental health professional, the child behavioral health specialist. As a major in child behavioral health, you will be trained to deliver mental health services in schools, health care systems, and the community. 

Graduates will help children not only in Oregon, but around the world, ensuring that all children have access to high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent care.

IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OREGON Residents Studying Child Behavioral Health

Ballmer Institute     Child Behavioral Health Major

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Maureen Zalewski

Professor of Psychology
Ballmer Institute Director of Child Behavioral Health Training

Maureen is a child clinical psychologist by training and is licensed in Oregon. Her clinical expertise and federally funded program of research focuses on two-generation intervention models that improve the mental health of parents and their children. In addition, Maureen serves as a training director in the clinical psychology doctoral program.

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Ballmer Institute campus in Portland

2+2 Program

Through the Ballmer Institute’s unique 2+2 program, students can live and learn together as a cohort, spending two years on the UO’s Eugene campus before transitioning to the northeast Portland campus for their final two years.

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