Global Perspective: International Collaborations in Mental Health Research and Treatment at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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The Department of Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany is dedicated to the study and treatment of mental health disorders. Led by Carina Heller, the team collaborates with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Jena University Hospital to conduct research on adaptive and maladaptive brain circuits underlying mental health at the Center for Intervention and Research (C-I-R-C) in Halle. In addition, Heller is involved in international collaborations with leading institutions around the world.

In collaboration with Zora Kikinis from Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Heller explores cutting-edge research in psychiatric neuroimaging. Claudia Barth from Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, is another collaborator in this field. Meanwhile, Tim J. Silk and Nandita Vijayakumar from Deakin University in Australia study mental health and child development, while Susana Carmona and Magdalena Martínez-García from Madrid’s Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón conduct research on mental health in collaboration with international institutions.

Sophia I. Thomopoulos, Neda Jahanshad, Lauren Salminen, Katherine Lawrence, and Paul M. Thompson work at the Imaging Genetics Center at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California to study the genetics of brain imaging to understand mental health disorders. Lastly, Nicole Petersen from UCLA contributes to research on mental health and treatment options through her work in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

These collaborations across institutions and countries contribute to a better understanding of mental health disorders and the development of effective interventions that can benefit individuals worldwide.

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