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Office of Rural Mental Health Research (ORMHR)


The Office of Rural Mental Health Research (ORMHR) is mandated by Congress to coordinate the research activities of the Department of Health and Human Services as such activities relate to the mental health of residents of rural areas; and to coordinate its activities with similar activities of public and nonprofit entities.

ORMHR is authorized, directly through grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts with public or nonprofit private entities, to conduct research on conditions that are unique to the residents of rural areas, or more serious or prevalent in such residents; conduct research on improving the delivery of services in such areas; and disseminate information to appropriate public and nonprofit entities.

ORMHR also coordinates with and supports the NIH Tribal Health Research Office on policy and research related activities across NIH Institutes and Centers; promotes NIH/NIMH communication and collaborations with the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee on development and implementation of the Arctic Research Plan; and coordinates with the Arctic Mental Health Working Group of the US Arctic Research Commission to strengthen systems of care to prevent suicide and improve mental health in the circumpolar North via the promotion of Indigenous knowledge, research, and evidence-based early intervention and primary prevention efforts.

Program Chief

Roberto Delgado Jr, Ph.D.
Rural Mental Health Research Program
Office of Rural Mental Health Research
6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-9659

Acting Director

Andrea Beckel-Mitchener, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7213, Bethesda, MD 20892-9659