Research on NAMI Programs

Why Study A NAMI Program?

NAMI National programs and presentations are developed by experienced professionals using the best available scientific and clinical information and teaching models. Many of our programs and presentations have been offered for many years in communities across the country. It is our responsibility to ensure that our programs and presentations are kept up-to date and that they are as effective and valuable as they can be. One way to measure the value of a program is using the model of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is a model that integrates expert opinions, observable scientific evidence, and client/patient experience to determine if a program is valuable. NAMI actively works with researchers to conduct studies on our programs to ensure that we are meeting the requirements for EBP. On this page, you can find results from these studies as well as information about ongoing studies of our programs.

If you are interested in conducting a research study on one of NAMI’s programs or presentations, please fill out this interest form and submit it, along with supplementary documentation, to 

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Current and Upcoming Studies

NAMI Basics, our education program for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health conditions was shown to support improvement in self-care, empowerment and family communication in a study led by Dr. Barbara Burns and Dr. Kimberly Hoagwood. An additional study is underway at the University of Texas at Austin utilizing a randomized control trial. The study is being led by Dr. Sarah Kate Bearman and Dr. Molly Lopez.

NAMI Family-to-Family was designated as an Evidence-Based Practice by SAMHSA in 2013. A control group study led by the University of Maryland’s Dr. Lisa Dixon and Dr. Alicia Lucksted found that family members who completed the program demonstrated improvements in coping skills, problem-solving skills and feelings of empowerment.

NAMI Ending the Silence, our presentation for middle and high school students, was shown to improve student knowledge and attitudes about mental health conditions in a study conducted by Dr. Otto Wahl of the University of Hartford in 2018.

NAMI Homefront is an education program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. The program is based on NAMI Family-to-Family and may be delivered in person or online. A study led by Morgan Haselden and Dr. Lisa Dixon found that both in-person and online versions of NAMI Homefront are effective in improving participant’s knowledge and coping skills, as well as reducing the psychological distress that accompanies caregiving.

NAMI In Our Own Voice, a mental health awareness presentation for the general public, uses personal stories to promote awareness of mental health conditions and of the possibility of recovery. Research launched in late 2018 under the direction of Dr. Otto Wahl.