|NIMH branch chief Dr. David Chambers and conference co-chair Susan Azrin at the recent Mental Health Services Research Conference
More than 300 researchers sought new ideas on “Improving Public Health in an Era of Change,” the theme at the 21st NIMH Mental Health Services Research Conference held recently in Washington, D.C.
Science writer and New York Times bestselling author Chris Mooney presented the keynote, “Do Scientists Understand the Public?” Examining the differences in worldview among scientists and the public and exploring whose job it is to translate scientific findings into usable information, Mooney was joined by Richard Kravitz of the University of California-Davis. He discussed Mooney’s points in the context of mental health care.
The session “What Stakeholders Need from Researchers” featured leaders representing health care policy makers and mental health service users and care providers. Judith Feder of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Daniel Fisher of the National Empowerment Center and Linda Rosenberg of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, talked about how constituents use research findings.
“Translating Research into Systemic Solutions to Improve Mental Health Care,” a panel moderated by Benjamin Druss of Emory University, showcased partnerships between health care leaders addressing vexing public health issues and researchers in related fields.
In the closing plenary, Richard Frank of Harvard Medical School, Gregory Simon of the University of Washington and Jeanne Miranda of UCLA discussed “Mental Health Services Past, Present and Future: A Vision for the Next 20 Years.”