Research Highlights from 2022
- Feelings of Detachment After Trauma May Signal Worse Mental Health Outcomes
A new NIMH-supported study shows that experiencing persistent feelings of detachment following trauma is an early psychological and biological marker of worse mental health outcomes.
- Study Furthers Understanding of Disparities in School Discipline
A new NIMH-supported analysis shows that disciplinary disparities occur as early as preschool and that their effects can negatively influence how well students do in later years.
- Study Shows REACH VET Program Effective for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
A recent NIMH co-authored study shows that a Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention program was associated with fewer inpatient mental health admissions and emergency department visits, and a 5 percent reduction in documented suicide attempts.
- Mindful Mood Balance Effective for Treating Residual Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation
NIMH-supported researchers have found an online mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy—called Mindful Mood Balance—is effective at reducing residual depressive symptoms and at reducing suicidal ideation in those who experience these symptoms.
- Multistage Autism Screening in Early Intervention Settings May Reduce Disparities
An NIMH-supported study shows that incorporating a multistage screening process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) into federally funded early intervention services may reduce disparities in early ASD diagnosis.
- Tool Uses Light to Inhibit Neural Activity in Mice
Researchers supported by NIH have developed a way to genetically insert a type of light receptor into neurons. The new technique enables the researchers to suppress the neuron’s activity using pulses of light.
- New Approach Allows Magnetic Brain Stimulation to Target Deep Brain Structures
TMS can only directly stimulate the outermost layer of the brain, but NIMH researchers have found that mapping a person’s brain architecture may make it possible to guide TMS to deep brain targets.
- Autism and Congenital Heart Disease Share Underlying Molecular Network
A recent study of gene networks may hold some promising clues about shared mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder and congenital heart disease, two physiologically distinct disorders that often co-occur.
- Personalizing Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression
A recent NIMH-supported study investigated whether deep brain stimulation could be personalized for individuals with treatment-resistant depression.
- Machine Learning Study Sheds Light on Gaze Patterns in Adults With Autism
NIMH researchers examine what people with ASD and people without ASD look at when viewing a social scene.