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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Aug 1, 2023

Dr. Lucy S. King (Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans) and Dr. Kathryn L. Humphreys (Vanderbilt University, Nashville) join AJP Audio to discuss the long term impacts of a pioneering randomized controlled trial that looked at the impacts of institutional care versus home foster care in children, the Bucharest Early Intervention Project.  They also discuss the impacts of deprivation on children’s development and mental health, and the thorny ethics of research involving children.


  • The impact of deprivation [01:19]
  • Bucharest Early Intervention Project and the ethics of research involving children [04:43]
  • Analyzing diverse data [08:57]
  • Why revisit this trial? [16:05]
  • Long term impacts of the intervention [18:39]
  • Limitations [23:22]
  • Policy implications [26:16]
  • Further research [30:18]

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