The Center for Enhancing Treatment & Utilization for Depression & Emergent Suicidality (ETUDES Center) is an ALACRITY Center (P50) grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to help professionals in pediatric primary care better support youth who may be experiencing depression or suicidality. 

This initiative is funded as part of the NIMH Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) to support the rapid development, testing, and refinement of novel and integrative approaches for: 

  1. Optimizing the effectiveness of therapeutic or preventive interventions for mental disorders within well-defined target populations;
  2. Organizing and delivering optimized mental health services within real world treatment settings; and
  3. Continuously improving the quality, impact, and durability of optimized interventions and service delivery within diverse care systems.

Center Research activities will involve three projects, each designed to improve the delivery of mental health care for adolescents’ experiencing suicidality and depression symptoms by changing processes at the organizational, practitioner, or patient level. In doing so, the center is innovatively incorporating technology in the assessment, treatment, and management of mental health care.

In addition to specific research projects, an ALACRITY center will support the development of novel statistical methods and study designs to increase our knowledge of what contributes to successful implementation of evidence-based mental health treatments, and how best to leverage this knowledge to increase quality of mental health care and outcomes.

Administrative Core:

This group is responsible for providing oversight as well as delegating tasks regarding Center activities. This diverse leadership team of investigators and advisors is devoted to setting scientific priorities, distributing and publishing research findings, funding innovative pilot studies, and provide training and mentoring to early career scientists. They also oversee human subject protection and engage with Stakeholders to obtain feedback for our studies.

Methods Core:

Our partners that make up this group help support the Administrative Core's efforts in research study development. They provide expertise in economic analyses, cultural adaptation, qualitative methods, and social network analyses. They also support investigators in translating study proposals into actionable items, the identification and recruitment of depressed and/or suicidal adolescents, conducting standardized assessments, and support the creation of the Center website, project apps, and other electronic interventions.

Watch the video below to learn more about the ETUDES Center and its goals: