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Messages about Mental Health Services Research

The Importance of Lived Experience Perspectives – Insights From the IACC

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Susan Daniels, Ph.D., HHS National Autism Coordinator and Director of the NIMH Office of National Autism Coordination on

In honor of National Autism Acceptance Month, this Director's Message highlights the important role that autistic people and their families play in helping to shape federal autism research, services, and policy via the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.

From Breakthroughs to Best Practices: How NIMH Transforms Research Into Real-World Care

Patricia Arean, Susan Azrin, Michael Freed, Adam Haim, Jennifer Humensky, Stephen O’Connor, Jane Pearson, Mary Rooney, Matthew Rudorfer, Joel Sherrill, and Belinda Sims, on behalf of the Division of Services and Intervention Research.  on 75th Anniversary

In this guest-written Director’s message, the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) describes notable successes in bridging the gap between basic and clinical science and impacting real-world public health practices and policies.

Going Global: Advancing Mental Health Research Around the World

By Leonardo Cubillos and Collene Lawhorn on behalf of the Center for Global Mental Health Research and Global Mental Health Team on 75th Anniversary

In this guest-written Director’s Message, the NIMH Center for Global Mental Health Research and Global Mental Health Team highlight NIMH-supported advances that span continents, transcend boundaries, and transform lives.

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Hispanic and Latino Youth

By Joshua Gordon on

This Minority Mental Health Month, Dr. Gordon highlights NIMH efforts to understand and support the diverse mental health needs of Hispanic and Latino youth.

Autism Awareness Month: The Power of Community

By Joshua Gordon on

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the power of community in pushing the field forward.

Research Along the Autism Spectrum: Diverse Research to Meet Diverse Needs

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the importance of a research portfolio that addresses the full spectrum of needs of individuals with autism, across the full lifespan.

Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

By Guest Author on

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.

A Plan for Mental Health Research

By Joshua Gordon on

This week, the National Institute of Mental Health unveiled its new NIMH Strategic Plan for Research. In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the advances in knowledge and treatment that got us to where we are today and points to where we want our research to go in the future.

Addressing Disparities: Advancing Mental Health Care for All Americans

By Joshua Gordon on

Mental health disparities are significant and easily documented. In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH-funded research that aims to close the gap, ensuring that improved mental health care meets the needs of all Americans.

Mental Health Research—Diversity Matters

By Joshua Gordon on

In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights efforts within the NIMH research portfolio to address disparities in mental health and access to care.

Highlighting Services and Effectiveness Research at NIMH

By Joshua Gordon on

Figuring out how best to deliver effective therapies is the domain of services research. Dr. Gordon offers examples of the spectrum of services research supported by NIMH.

Towards Interventions Across the Autism Spectrum

By Joshua Gordon on

In the second of two messages for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH funding of research aimed at developing interventions and services for people across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder.

An Experimental Therapeutic Approach to Psychosocial Interventions

By Joshua Gordon on

Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH’s commitment to support the development and testing of psychosocial interventions in the greater context of the experimental therapeutics approach to treatment research.