Labs at NIMH
The NIMH Intramural division plans and conducts basic, clinical, and translational research to advance understanding of the diagnosis, causes, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders through the study of brain function and behavior.
Clinics & Labs
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NIMH scientists conduct research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. Major disease entities studied throughout the lifespan include mood disorders and anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders.
Principal Investigators at NIMH
Dr. Beebe Smith is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism of the Intramural Research Program. Dr. Smith received a Ph.D. from the University of London where she studied the chemical pathology of Alzheimer's Disease with David Bowen, for which she was awarded the Queen Square Prize.
Dr. Berman’s group uses functional neuroimaging to map brain activity and neurochemical mechanisms associated with normal higher cognitive function as well as dysfunction in neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, illnesses having genetic sources of cognitive dysfunction such as Williams syndrome and other conditions impacting cognition such as normal aging.
James Blair is Chief of the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience at NIMH. Dr. Blair received a doctoral degree in Psychology from University College London in 1993 under the supervision of Professor John Morton.
Fellowships & Training
Office of Fellowship Training
The NIMH Intramural Fellowship Training Program located in the Office of the Director (OD), is headed by Janet Clark, Ph.D., Director for Fellowship Training. Dr. Clark provides oversight and development of Intramural Research Program's integrated multidisciplinary fellowship training program, and provides administrative support and resources for all training-related activities.
Office of the Scientific Director
The Office of the Scientific Director provides scientific, program, and administrative leadership for the Division of Intramural Research Programs; promotes an environment conducive to productive research; and coordinates activities, establishes priorities, and analyzes and evaluates progress.
Join A Study
The staff of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) welcomes you to our patient recruitment and information web site. We conduct a large number of research studies with patients who have mental health disorders. Our studies are performed at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), a hospital dedicated to the highest quality research. The NIH CC (picture shown on the right) is located in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.