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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.

The Attribution Model of mental illness stigma posits that attributions about the causes and controllability of mental illness contribute to prejudicial emotional reactions, which in turn may lead to discriminatory behaviors towards people with mental illnesses

Recovery-oriented inpatient mental healthcare holds the promise of substantial benefits for Veterans, yet there have been no published empirical investigations of the implementation of this important construct. This project will examine the national rollout of recovery-oriented services on VHA inpatient mental health units and determine its impact on Veterans.

Shared Decision Making (SDM) -- a process in which patients and treatment providers work collaboratively to make decisions -- is an ethical imperative and is critical for high-quality, recovery-oriented care. Yet, despite efforts to implement recovery-oriented care, people with severe mental illness (SMI) still have difficulty engaging as active partners in psychiatric treatment. The current project outlines a pilot effectiveness trial of a low-cost, high-innovation approach called GET PrEPD-Psychiatry (Goal Elicitation, Treatment Prioritization, & Electronically-Practiced Discussion).

Eskenazi Health has invested in a system-wide, mind-body approach to enhance the well-being of its staff and patients. Given high rates of depression in primary care, and comorbidity of depression with other psychiatric disorders and physical disorders such as diabetes, effectively integrating mind-body interventions into primary care has great potential to positively impact not only depression but also overall physical health.

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.

The purpose of this research study was to rigorously test the impact of the BREATHE intervention in a randomized design and determine longer-term effects of the training, to examine the organizational contextual factors increasing or reducing burnout, and to design an overarching intervention framework for the implementation of BREATHE that includes organizational factors.

This study investigated 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

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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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Students from the ACT Center at an IUPUI School of Science poster presentation

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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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