Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 723–726 | Cite as

Building a Global Mental Health Research Workforce: Perspectives from the National Institute of Mental Health

  • Pamela Y. CollinsEmail author
  • Beverly A. Pringle
Feature: Perspective

The last two decades have witnessed a growing acknowledgment of the importance of research on mental health in the global health context. The 1995 edited volume, World Mental Health [1], the 1996 publication of the Global Burden of Disease Study [2], and the 2001 World Health Report [3] powerfully utilized mental health data or underscored the role of research in achieving gains in mental health around the world. By 2007, the World Health Organization and the Global Forum for Health Research released their report on research capacity for mental health, demonstrating the dearth of mental health research from low- and middle-income countries, in particular, as well as the need to bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy [4].

That same year, the Lancet special issue on global mental health galvanized the global mental health community, outlining concrete actions to advance the field [5]. The series Call to Actionunderscored the importance of research as a means to expand...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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