Research

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The ACT Center focuses on research that supports recovery from severe mental illnesses.  Our research spans different levels including consumers (clients/patients), service providers, programs, and policy.

Burnout, characterized by high levels of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization (negative or cynical attitudes about patients), and a diminished sense of personal achievement, is very common among mental healthcare providers.

Health care providers, particularly those who work in the mental health field, are at high risk for experiencing burnout – high levels of emotional exhaustion, cynical attitudes towards consumers of services, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment.

Shared decision-making (SDM) is a collaborative process between a provider and consumer of health services, both of whom work together to arrive at optimal healthcare decisions.

Recent data from several states have found that people with serious mental illness served by our public mental health systems die, on average, at least 25 years earlier than the general population.

National policy has dramatically increased the emphasis on implementing evidence-based mental health services to meet the needs of people with severe mental illness, and the VHA has made great strides at providing effective, community-based services.

The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has called for a transformation of the mental health system to partner with consumers of those services in delivering effective interventions focused on recovery, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed a Mental Health Strategic Plan to address these recommendations.

We will recruit 180 mental health staff and randomize participants to intervention or control group and conduct follow-up online surveys at baseline, 6 weeks post-training day, and 6-months post-training day.

This study investigates the role of romantic relationships in the lives of individuals experiencing early psychosis. For those early in the course of a psychotic illness, interpersonal relationships have been identified as a top goal, yet there is a paucity of research examining the role of romantic relationships.

Unemployment among veterans with mental illness is a pervasive and damaging problem, causing deleterious mental health and economic consequences. The factors that negatively impact occupational functioning in this group are not well understood.

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MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATION

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The ACT Center has partnerships with many universities and clinical organizations across the country to share and explore mental health research.

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

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From volunteering to working part-time at the lab, the ACT center offers opportunities for School of Science undergraduate and graduate students to get involved.

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Michelle P. Salyers, Ph.D. Director of the ACT Center holds up an ACT poster that says ACT Works!

The ACT Center focuses on research that supports recovery from severe mental illnesses and how patients, service providers, programs, and policy come together for solutions. Giving to ACT helps support our invaluable research!

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