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Harolyn Millicent Edith Belcher, MD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

School of Medicine (Primary)
Mental Health (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

The Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore , Maryland


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Dr. Belcher is currently the Director of Research at the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Family Center). The Family Center is a community-based mental health center that provides evidence-based mental health treatment focusing on children with a history of abuse and neglect and exposure to community and/or domestic violence. She is Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and completed a K-award from National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate a curriculum that promotes parental emotional well-being and knowledge of child development for young parents of children enrolled in Early Head Start. She is co-PI on a recently funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to conduct a cost comparison of two evidence-based parent interventions for young children with emotional and behavioral problems. She is also PI of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention training grant to promote public health research, training, and leadership experiences for under-represented undergraduate, public health graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary students.

 Dr. Belcher was co-investigator on a community-based Head Start family and child behavioral health prevention intervention grant funded by SAMHSA. In addition, Dr. Belcher was the PI on a SAMHSA grant providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment, health care, social work, parent education, and evaluations for women who were pregnant and drug-dependent and, following birth, their children. She has collaborated on community-based initiatives to support recruitment and parent education of African American parents participating in church-based foster care for children with drug exposure and HIV infection in Tampa, Florida. While in Florida, Dr. Belcher was the director of the Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI) program at University of South Florida. The DEI program provided center and home-based evaluation and treatment services for infants and young children who were treated in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and whose families’ incomes were at 250% of poverty or lower. This program expanded to serve children and families in five counties. For her efforts on behalf of young children and families, Dr. Belcher was awarded "The Friend of the Young Child" award of Hillsborough County.

Honors and Awards

• Second place for outstanding student research, Howard University College of Medicine,1979 • First place for poster presentation, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, October 1987 • Community Service Award, Project STRIVE, Tampa, FL,1992 • Friend of the Young Child Award, Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL,1993 • Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Department of Navy,1995 • Governor's Citation for Service on the Methylphenidate Task Force, 1999 • African American Mental Health Research Scientist Scholar, 2005 • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2011 • Johns Hopkins Universities Diversity Recognition Award


Neurodevelopment Pediatrics Pediatrics

    1. Onigu-Otite E, Belcher HME. Maternal drug abuse history, maltreatment, and functioning in a clinical sample of urban children; 2012 Child Abuse and Neglect (in press).

  • Briggs EC, Fairbank JA, Greeson JKP, Steinberg AM, Amaya-Jackson LM, Ostrowski SA, Gerrity ET, Elmore DL, Layne CM, Belcher HME, Pynoos RS. Links between child and adolescent trauma exposure and service use histories in a national clinic-referred sample; 2012 Psychological Trauma (in press).

  • Ofonedu ME, Percy WH, Harris-Britt A, Belcher HME. Depression in inner city African American youth: A phenomenological study 2012 Journal of Child and Family Studies DOI 10.1007/s10826-012-9583-3

  • Belcher HME, Hairston-Fuller TC, McFadden J. (2011). How do we assess family supports and fairness in early intervention? Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews . 17: 36-43. DOI:10.1002/ddrr.137

  • Suarez L, Belcher HME, Briggs EC, Titus JC. Supporting the Need for an Integrated System of Care for Youth with Co-occurring Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems. 2011; American Journal of Community Psychology. DOI 10.007/s10464-011-9464-8 (epub ahead of print)