Kindred Behavioral Research (KBR) Inc., a research and consultation firm devoted to bridging science & culture to improve mental health and well-being in youth, families and diverse communities. In doing so, KBR staff conducts rigorous basic research that raises awareness and sensitivity to how socio-cultural issues impact developmental, educational and mental processes and outcomes diverse youth and families. KBR also designs, disseminates and evaluates evidence-based and culturally-appropriate assessment tools and intervention programs for diverse youth, families and professionals providing services to them.
Specific areas of consultation include: prevention of conduct issues; aggression and violence; racial, ethnic and cultural influences on youth and families; racial socialization processes; racial identity development; race-related trauma; race-related parental stress; resiliency and empowerment; academic achievement; practical and culturally relevant approaches to parenting; and intervention development and community dissemination in diverse cultural contexts.
KBR’s success in merging evidence-based practices with socio-cultural relevancy purposely and strategically throughout all phases of consultation and research services (conception/development, implementation/dissemination, assessment/evaluation) is its hallmark and sets it apart from other research and consultation firms. The successful merger of these concepts is of critical importance to KBR’s overall philosophy, and particularly key to KBR’s success working with individuals, groups, and communities of color who are currently underserved by our systems and institutions.