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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.


The Office of the Clinical Director (OCD) staff conducts clinical research through active collaborations with investigators from other NIH Institutes as well as with national and international research groups. These relationships across Institutes are leveraged to jointly investigate clinical research questions that lie at the interface of psychiatry and medicine.

Examples include:

  1. Developing suicide risk screening tools for use in medical settings
  2. Development of an end-of-life planning guide for medically ill children and adolescents
  3. Describing neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive findings associated with rare conditions such as methylmalonic acidemia or Smith-Magenis syndrome
  4. Characterizing healthy volunteers and creating a healthy volunteer database