Research - Program/Policy Level

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.

4 students volunteering with the School of Science

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2 scientists collaborating on work for Psychology

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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