NIMH Support for Psychotherapy Research: Opportunities and Questions

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Following the reorganization of its funding programs in 1997, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has promoted a public health model as the most appropriate paradigm for the mental health services and intervention research that it supports. Research conducted in line with this model shares much in common with what are frequently termed “effectiveness” studies. Though the changes underway at NIMH create unprecedented opportunities for asking different questions and adopting new approaches in treatment and prevention studies, as a practical matter, psychosocial intervention researchers tend to have a number of uncertainties and concerns about them. In this article, we address a series of commonly raised questions, and indicate various implications that NIMH's public health emphasis may have for psychotherapy researchers.

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