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Mood and Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents - Past, Present, and Future

Award Year: 2013 Investigator: Laura Hirshbein
Over the last decade, researchers and epidemiologists have reported extraordinarily high rates of mental illness among American children and adolescents. Though it would seem logical to focus policy interventions on access to care and dissemination of evidence-based practices, what if the prevalence data is based on problematic methods to diagnose mental illness?

From the Curative Asylum to the Broken System: Understanding Hopes and Realities in Mental Health System Transformation

Award Year: 2009 Investigator: Joel Braslow, John Brekke
Based on concepts of personal strength and empowerment, the Recovery Movement has become the major driving force of American mental health policy, and like similar efforts over the last two hundred years, recovery-oriented transformation promises dramatic hope for the care, treatment, and lives of those with severe mental illness. For their Investigator Award project, Joel T. Braslow, M.D., Ph.D., Frances M.

Race Differences in Physical and Mental Health Disparities: Biological Mechanisms and Behavioral Change

Award Year: 2009 Investigator: James Jackson
Despite well-known physical health disparities between blacks and whites, a puzzling research paradox shows no major differences in mental health disorders between the racial groups. James S. Jackson, Ph.D., Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, will explore the reasons behind these seemingly conflicting findings.

Has The Revolution Come and Gone? The Societal Value of New Psychotropic Drugs

Award Year: 2006 Investigator: Haiden Huskamp
New drugs for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder have been introduced over the past 20 years, leading to better treatment options for patients and improved management of common mental illnesses. But the wide adoption of these drugs has also created rising public expenditures and large profits for the pharmaceutical industry.

Social Isolation in American Life

Award Year: 2003 Investigator: Eric Klinenberg
More Americans live and die alone than at any time in our nation's history. The common problems they suffer - depression, strained or severed family ties, minimal contact with friends, and difficulties navigating the health care system - often go undetected or are ignored by health care professionals. Eric Klinenberg, Ph.D. offers a new approach to understanding the emergence of social isolation and its effects on health, especially among the elderly and disadvantaged in American cities.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health: A National Study of Unmet Need

Award Year: 2003 Investigator: Harold Neighbors
Despite improved treatments for many mental disorders, profound racial and ethnic disparities continue in access to and use of mental health services in the United States. Social psychologist Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D. has spent more than 20 years conducting research on mental health disparities. For his Investigator Award project, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health: A National Study of Unmet Need, Dr.

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services into Health Care

Award Year: 1993 Investigator: Richard Frank, Thomas McGuire
This project develops a strategy to fully integrate mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) services into the medical care system. An alternative to the current complex and fragmented mix of public/private sector services and financing for seriously mentally ill persons and substance abusers will be outlined. The costs of full integration as well as the political, social, and clinical developments that provide the basis for mainstreaming MH/SA care are addressed.