Video Interaction Project wins NIH Grant

VIP 2010The Video Interact ion Project (VIP), a joint program of Children of Bellevue, Bellevue Hospital Center and NYU Medical Center this summer received a grant of approximately $400,000 per year for five years. VIP was founded in 1999 by Children of Bellevue and has since gone on to receive national recognition as a model. The VIP Team is an integral unit of Bellevue’s Developmental Pediatrics practice. Led by Alan Mendelsohn, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, the team includes Carolyn Brockmeyer, Ph.D., Project Director, Samantha Berkule-Silberman, VIP Director, Triana Urraca, VIP interventionist, Jenny Arevalo and Lisa White, Research Assistants, and Nina Burtchen, Research Fellow. Both Dr. Brockmeyer and Dr. Berkule-Silberman have specific expertise in parent-child interaction and school readiness. All Research Assistants and Interventionists are Spanish-speakers, which bolster their success in connecting with many of the families participating in our project and in evaluating their progress.

The Video Interaction Project (VIP) is a highly innovative program that seeks to advance early development and school readiness for children growing up in poverty, through working with parents and children at the time of child health care visits. VIP’s core strategy involves a child development specialist coaching the parent during videotaped interactions utilizing provided toys and books; review of the tape together with the specialist is used to facilitate and reinforce interactions during play and shared reading (all of which takes place on days of regular health care visits).

The VIP program has been building from success to success since Children of Bellevue received grants from Tiger Foundation and The Marks Family Foundation in 2008 to extend it through age five years. The NIH grant will increase the scope of the team’s capacity to assess the effects of VIP, because it will enable the team to do more in depth analyses of the data that has already been collected. More importantly, it will allow the team to follow-up the children through first grade so that they can assess the long-term impacts of VIP. Support from NIH allows the team to collaborate with national leaders in the fields of developmental psychology, education, public policy and pediatrics. This multidisciplinary team will play a large role in leveraging data collected to answer important questions that can advance knowledge critical to children’s development.