Mental Health

The mission of the IHR mental health research team is to improve the understanding and management of mental health conditions for Kaiser Permanente members and the community through a closer connection between research, practice, and policy. The IHR's mental health research team is a member of the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN), a consortium of 13 health system research centers embedded in large and diverse healthcare systems. The MHRN is dedicated to improving patient mental health through research, practice, and policy; with expertise in mental health services and policy research. Support for MHRN is provided by a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Mental Health. Specific areas of focus for the IHR mental health research team include in-person and web-based psychotherapies for prevention and treatment of depression among pregnant/postpartum and general adult populations, large-scale suicide prevention interventions, electronic medical records-based alerts to reduce inappropriate antipsychotic prescribing for youth, and identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders in medical settings.


Recent Publications

Mental Health Researchers

  • Arne L. Beck, PhD
    Senior Investigator

Featured Projects

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    Reducing Residual Depressive Symptoms with Web-Based Mindful Mood Balance

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD and Debra P. Ritzwoller, PhD
    The major goal of this project is to conduct a pragmatic randomized clinical trial of the Mindful Mood Balance (MMB) web-based program to evaluate its effectiveness in reducing residual depressive symptoms (RDS) in recurrently depressed patients.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 6/30/2019
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    Pragmatic Trial of Population-based Programs to Prevent Suicide Attempt

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    The goal of this project is to conduct a large, pragmatic trial to examine two population-based programs to prevent suicide attempt. Participants will be randomly assigned to continued usual care or usual care supplemented by one of the two prevention programs: an outreach and care management program (via secure messaging and telephone) including structured assessment linked to specific care pathways, or an online psycho-educational program focused on development of emotion regulation skills and prevention of suicidal behaviors, supported by coaching to promote engagement and adherence.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 12/31/2019
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    A Randomized Trial of a Firearm Storage Decision Aid for Adults with Suicide Ideation

    Investigators: Jennifer Boggs, PhD
    This project will deliver firearm safe storage education via "Lock to Live" an anonymous web-based self-administered decision aid for safe firearm and medication storage in patients with suicide risk (Public URL: http://lock2live.com/).
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Firearm Safety Task Force
    Study End Date: May 2021
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    An Evaluation of the National Zero Suicide Model Across Learning Healthcare Systems

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    The proposed study seeks to conduct a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of NZSM implementation in real-world clinical settings across 6 large, diverse Mental Health Research Network affiliated Learning Healthcare Systems providing healthcare for over 9 million individuals each year.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 6/30/2022
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    Effectiveness of Task Shifting to Peer Delivery of Behavioral Activation for Depression among Pregnant Women

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    The objective of this study is to use a three-phase structure to develop an activation peer delivery treatment model of web-based peer training and fidelity monitoring tools, to evaluate the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability, safety, and preliminary effectiveness of behavioral activation peer delivery within obstetric practice settings.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 7/31/2019
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    Mental Health Research Network II

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    To provide targeted expansion of the Mental Health Network to 1) develop capacity to perform trials involving pharmacotherapy, 2) develop procedures for deploying large-scale mental health IT interventions, and 3) conduct a signature project of a large population impact on an area of high priority to the field.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 7/31/2019