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Mental Health

Research Areas

The Department of Mental Health covers a wide array of topics related to mental health, mental illness and substance abuse. Faculty and students from multiple disciplines work together within and across several major research areas:

Substance Use Epidemiology

Drug & Alcohol Dependence Epidemiology

Faculty in this area study the etiology and natural history of substance use, and develop and evaluate interventions to prevent and control substance use disorders.

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Global Mental Health

Global Mental Health

Global Mental Health faculty develop, implement and evaluate measures and interventions to assess and meet mental health needs of communities around the world, with a focus on developing nations.

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Mental Health & Aging

Mental Health & Aging

Faculty in the Mental Health and Aging Research Area conduct observational and intervention research aimed at enhancing cognitive and mental well being in older adults.

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Mental Health Services & Policy

Mental Health Services & Policy

Faculty in this area study mental health and behavioral health services and supports in communities, educational institutions and employment settings. They aim to reduce risk, and provide effective long-term treatment.

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Methods

Methods

The Methods program area develops and applies innovative qualitative and quantitative methods for public mental health research, with a focus on statistical methods and economic models.

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Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetic Epidemiology

Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetic Epidemiology

Faculty in this area research genetic factors and how they interact with the physical and social environment to affect the risk for mental disorders.

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Psychiatric Epidemiology

Psychiatric Epidemiology

Faculty in this area study the occurrence and distribution of mental and behavioral disorders across people, space and time, and examine the causes to develop support and treatment strategies.

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Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Faculty are working to understand the distribution, causes and consequences of autism and developmental disabilities as well as the impact of public health policy on children and families.

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