The Center conducts research to understand how health services are delivered and to improve health services for persons with psychiatric and neurologic disorders across the lifespan. Our focus ranges from access to care to how parity legislation and consumer education affects access, costs, quality and outcomes of services provided. While the Center has focused mainly on depression, schizophrenia and dementia, we also conduct studies on post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, panic disorders and other psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

The Center houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master's level statisticians, and research and administrative staff. Our combined faculty includes clinicians, economists, sociologists, statisticians, anthropologists, social psychologists, historians and researchers from various other fields.

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