Blog Profile / National Institute of Mental Health

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Archived Since:March 25, 2015

Blog Post Archive

Suicide Prevention: Next Steps

September is National Suicide Prevention month; focusing on the benefits of collaborations, Dr. Gordon outlines recent research results as well as future directions.

Summer Reading

Dr. Gordon offers highlights of his summer reading in science and literature.

Summer Travels

Dr. Gordon relates highlights of summer scientific meetings.

RDoC: Outcomes to Causes and Back

In the second of two director’s messages on RDoC, Dr. Gordon talks about the role of computational psychiatry in the effort to understand the brain processes underlying behavior and mental disorders.

The Future of RDoC

In the first of two messages, Dr. Gordon shares his thoughts on NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), and discusses how we might be able to use big data approaches to enhance this research framework in the future.

Towards Interventions Across the Autism Spectrum

In the second of two messages for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH funding of research aimed at developing interventions and services for people across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Gordon discusses research aimed at identifying the causes of autism spectrum disorder including findings emerging from studies of genetic factors.

An Experimental Therapeutic Approach to Psychosocial Interventions

Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH’s commitment to support the development and testing of psychosocial interventions in the greater context of the experimental therapeutics approach to treatment research.

Computational Neuroscience: Deciphering the Complex Brain

Dr. Gordon explains how computational and theoretical neuroscience can advance research into mental disorders.

Neural Circuits Research: How and Why

Dr. Gordon talks about the potential pay-offs of research on neural circuits and next steps for going forward.

Freshman Year

Dr. Gordon talks about his plans for his first year as NIMH director and his priorities for research.


In his farewell post, Dr. Insel looks back at six years of the director’s blog and reflects on the tasks ahead in mental health research and practice.

New hope for treating psychosis

Results from a major NIMH project provide evidence that coordinated specialty care can improve outcomes for first episode psychosis. Dr. Insel blogs about the RAISE project and other recent studies of coordinated care.

Look who is getting into mental health research

Tech companies are bringing their ability to extract knowledge from data to health care. Dr. Insel gives some examples that show the potential of new tech-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

August at NIMH

Despite its reputation as a month for slowing down, August is busy at NIMH as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Dr. Insel takes time out to give an update on NIMH-supported clinical trials.

The Brain’s Critical Balance

The BRAIN Initiative is supporting scientists aiming to understand how the 86 billion neurons in the brain act together to enable consciousness and behavior. Dr. Insel gives a snapshot of recent work and its implications for understanding normal and disordered brain function.

Quality Counts

The Institute of Medicine has issued a report looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for mental disorders. Dr. Insel blogs about the need to ensure that consumers needing treatment receive evidence-based therapies.

Viewing the STARRS Data

Last week, two important research events unfolded without fanfare and without headlines. June 30 marked the end of the first phase of Army STARRS, the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel. July 1 marked the release of Army STARRS data for use by the broad scientific community.

Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues

Researchers were able to reverse some of the behavioral effects of stress in mice by stimulating brain cells activated by pleasure. Dr. Insel describes the work and its implications for understanding depression.

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