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Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

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In this jointly written Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Rachel L. Levine, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, describe the mental health impacts of the COVID pandemic on children and what we can do to support kids during this difficult time.

Reflection on 40 Years of HIV/AIDS Research

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In this jointly written Director’s Message, NIMH director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Maureen Goodenow, associate director for AIDS Research and director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health, discuss 40 years of NIMH and NIH support for HIV/AIDS research.

Addressing the Needs of the Autism Community During COVID-19

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the specific impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

One Year In: COVID-19 and Mental Health

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In this message, Dr. Gordon highlights what we know about Americans’ mental health after one year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Year of Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, and Anticipating New Challenges

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In this jointly written Director’s Message, leadership from across NIH describes one year of progress made through the RADx initiative and anticipates new challenges in the fight against COVID-19.

From Brain Mechanisms to Novel Therapies: Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

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In this message for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Dr. Gordon highlights NIMH-funded research aimed at reducing the impact of eating disorders.

Enhancing and maintaining a culture of inclusive excellence: The NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program

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In this jointly written Director’s Message, leadership from across NIH encourages the neuroscience community to take advantage of the new NIH-wide FIRST Program, which aims to enhance cultures of inclusive excellence through institutional support for recruitment of diverse “cohorts” of early-stage research faculty.

Showing Support for Basic Researchers

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In Dr. Gordon’s latest Director’s Message, he expresses support for the critical work of NIMH’s Dr. Elisabeth Murray and others who are advancing brain science through basic research.

The Lives Lost to COVID-19

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In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon shares a personal perspective on the importance of remembering the individual lives that have been lost to COVID-19.

Accelerating Science to Advance Early Interventions for Schizophrenia

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In this message, Dr. Gordon highlights a new public-private partnership that aims to develop novel treatment approaches that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals at risk of schizophrenia.

Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

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In this message for National Suicide Prevention Month, Dr. Gordon describes NIMH’s efforts to address the rising rates of suicide in the U.S. among Black youth.

RDoC at Ten Years - Part 2: The Next Ten Years

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In a previous message, Dr. Gordon discussed how the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework has changed the conversation in mental health research since its initiation in 2010. In this message, he looks forward to the next ten years of RDoC.

Why Testing is the Key to Getting Back to Normal

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In this message, Dr. Gordon joins with 10 other NIH Institute Directors to highlight the importance and necessity of COVID-19 testing and the ways NIH is helping establish programs that will ensure access to and acceptance of rapid and reliable testing for COVID-19.

RDoC at Ten Years: Part 1

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In the first of two Director’s Messages to mark the 10-year anniversary of the creation of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, Dr. Gordon discusses the initial purpose of RDoC and the progress made over the last ten years.

NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UP

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In this message, Dr. Gordon joins with 10 other NIH Institute Directors to spotlight NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative — a national call for scientists and organizations to advance their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies.