National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Scientific Director: Susan G. Amara, Ph.D.
The Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) at the NIMH conducts research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations of mental illness. The DIRP aims to:
- Plan and conduct basic, clinical, and translational research to advance understanding of the diagnosis, causes, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders through the study of brain function and behavior
- Conduct state-of-the-art research that, in part, complements extramural research activities and exploits the special resources of the National Institutes of Health
- Provide an environment conducive to the training and development of clinical and basic scientists
Major disease entities studied throughout the lifespan include mood disorders and anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders.