Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures


Focus Areas:
Children's Mental Health
Positive Youth Development

The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.  

Download a 2-page summary of our work.

There are nine projects included within the Pathways RTC:

  • My Career Vision: Enhancing Career Development Engagement and Self-Determination for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions.
    Principal Investigator: Jo-Ann Sowers
  • Better Futures - Increasing Postsecondary Preparation and Engagement of Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions in Foster Care.   
    Co-Principal Investigators: Sarah Geenan & Laurie Powers
  • Achieve My Plan (AMP): A Randomized Field-Test of Youth Engagement in Mental Health Treatment Planning.  
    Co-Principal Investigators: Janet Walker & Laurie Powers
  • Finding Our Way: Improving Transition Supports for Native American/Alaskan Native Youth.  
    Co-Principal Investigators: Terry Cross & Barbara Friesen
  • eHealth Literacy in Transition-Aged Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions. 
    Principal Investigator: L. Kris Gowen
  • Predictors of Positive Recovery Outcomes for Transition Aged Youth. 
    Principal Investigator: Eileen Brennan
  • Mediators of Stigmatization toward Youth with Severe Depression and ADHD. 
    Principal Investigator: Janet Walker
  • The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative (PTTC) - Community of Practice Training. 
    Co-Principal Investigators: Eileen Brennan & Pauline Jivanjee