Information derived from research underpins the variety of interventions used in treating mental and addictive disorders and in promoting mental and behavioral health. Research guides innovations in the organization and structure of mental and addictive health service delivery systems. To a greater extent than ever before, research informs public and private sector policies that affect persons with mental health and their families, as well as mental health care providers, insurers, and agencies at all levels of government.

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation conducts psychiatric research in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association's Division of Research. The research initiatives of the Foundation were part of the previous American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education. Together, the APA and APA Foundation maintains a strong and growing in-house research capacity, one vital part of which draws on the expertise and energy of psychiatrists around the Nation who are participating members of the Practice Research Network.

We play a key role in administering diverse research training programs for psychiatrists, support for which is provided by components of the federal National Institutes of Health, as well as by private sector sources.

Research that is of interest to individuals in all of the mental health disciplines and professions as well as to readers outside the field involves studies and related activities relevant to refining the classification, or diagnostic, system for mental disorders as currently embodied in DSM5. In addition, the division encompasses research-based initiatives such as the development of clinical practice guidelines which help enhance the quality of care across the field; generating services and health policy research through the Practice Research Network; producing evidenced-based quality indicators of practice, which help members maintain certification and meet licensing standards; and research on psychiatric workforce patterns, including under-resourced areas, such as HIV/AIDS Psychiatry. Finally, the division’s development and support of psychiatric research careers through research fellowship and training awards helps ensure the continued scientific advancement of the field.

We appreciate your visit to our research pages. Information on these and other current research activities can be found in our bi-annual publication, Psychiatric Research Report. Please contact us if you would like additional information on programs or activities described here.


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