Overcoming barriers to collaboration between basic behavioral scientists and public health scientists in research on mental disorders

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

The behavioral and public health sciences both have a long and rich history supporting basic, translational, and applied research aimed at improving human lives and reducing human suffering. Through the complementary expertise of these disciplines, investigators have contributed to significant, worldwide improvements in mental and physical health. Further gains can be achieved through collaborative research among scientists in these 2 fields. Unfortunately, there are a number of barriers to such collaboration originating in different intellectual traditions, research methods, and the structure and values of academia. We identify these barriers and potential strategies for overcoming them. Several areas for future collaborative research appear promising, especially comorbid mental and physical disorders, adherence to interventions, stigma, and emotional processes. Theory-guided preventive interventions may represent especially fertile areas of collaborative effort.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Muehrer, PR; Salovey, P; Afifi, AA; Coyne, JC; Kring, AM; Merson, MH; Prohaska, TR; Rozensky, RH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 253 - 265

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1068-9583

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1020758416171

Citation Source

  • Scopus