Jean Endicott, PhD, Chief
Primary research in the division focus on identification of risk factors for the occurrence and chronic course of mental and substance use disorders, developing and testing interventions to improve outcomes, and advancing work on diagnostic and other assessment procedures. The work of the division is organized into two component groups:
The major mental disorders research group focuses on diagnosis and assessment of clinical features of the major mental disorders, their long-term course, and issues involving comorbid conditions. This group also develops new procedures for the assessment of non-clinical features such as work productivity and quality of life.
The substance dependence research group has the mission to reduce the risk for occurrence or chronic course of substance use disorders by achieving a better understanding of individual, contextual and genetic risk factors. This research is conducted in national general population samples and samples of clinical populations. Randomized trials also address enhancements of evidence-based treatments to improve outcomes.