Center for Health Services Research

DHS meetingThe Center for  Health Services Research, a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UAMS, focuses on health services research for mental health and substance abuse. Our successful research team includes 24 faculty and postdoctoral fellows, 39 research assistants/associates and programmers, and 14 administrative staff. The Center for Health Services Research includes three distinct VA research centers (HSR&D, QUERI, and the South Central MIRECC), all designed to be developmental centers stimulating further research in health services for mental health and substance use disorders. The center has well-established collaborative relationships with many state organizations including the Community Health Centers, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Community Mental Health Centers, and the Arkansas National Guard. For more than two decades, the Department of Center for Health Services Research has been recognized as one of the largest and more innovative health services research centers in the nation. Investigators affiliated with the center have received competitively awarded grant funding from NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, VA, DoD, SAMHSA, HRSA, and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Some important information about the Center for Health Services Research:

  • Grants: Since 1990, our investigators have been awarded extramural grants worth over 80 million dollars in direct costs.  Currently, our faculty are PIs on grants from NIH, VA, SAMSHA, PCORI and DOD funded projects.   In addition, our faculty collaborate with a network of colleagues from across the country and are site-PIs on numerous sub-contracts of federally funded grants.
  • Service: Our faculty serve as ad hoc reviewers and standing committee members on a variety of NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, and VA health services research study sections.

Mission Statement

To improve the lives of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders by conducting scientifically rigorous research in close partnership with clinical and community stakeholders.  We seek to test hypotheses about: 1) the determinants and outcomes of mental health and substance use disorders, 2) the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of new interventions, and 3) the effect of implementation strategies designed to promote the adoption of evidence-based practices in real world settings.

Research Strategy

The Center for Health Services Research accomplishes this mission with a highly trained multi-disciplinary research team.  The investigative team works in close partnership with stakeholders, including individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as with community members, informal caregivers, organizational leaders, and providers dedicated to delivering high quality, empirically-supported treatments.  We prioritize our research projects based on stakeholder input, scientific theory, and clinical experience.