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Advances in Research

Information on this page describes recent advances in research and provides resources for finding further information on the study of the brain, behavior, and severe mental illnesses.

Do you want to find a scientific publication?

Go to PubMED - An electronic search engine of scientific articles published in thousands of journals across the world. It is hosted by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

Below is a list of some leading journals that publish research on severe mental illnesses:

American Journal of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Services

Biological Psychiatry

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Archives of General Psychiatry


Do you want to search for studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?

Go to CRISP - NIH’s search engine for all of their funded studies.


Do you want to learn more about the organizations that fund severe mental illness research?

In the Federal government, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one institute in the National Institutes of Health, is the federal agency responsible for severe mental illness research.  Or, to visit all of the institutes at the NIH, click here.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, which includes the Center for Mental Health Services, funds studies on the implementation of mental health services.

Also in the federal government, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funds research looking at healthcare quality.

The Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academies of Science, is made up of a leading body of scientists that synthesize scientific information related to health and make policy recommendations.


Two private organizations focus exclusively on funding research relevant to severe mental illnesses:

The Stanley Medical Research Institute

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) 


Other major private foundations that fund health research include:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


Find out more about research:

Making Sense of Research: Developing Critical Appraisal Skills, a report from the Global Health Council, provides pointers to help readers assess clinical research in order to make more informed decisions. It also offers useful questions to ask when examining the validity and rigor of a study, definitions of key terms and tips for sources of further information.

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