Research Opportunities

NAMI is committed to improving the lives of people impacted by mental health conditions through effective treatments, equitable public policies, and greater knowledge and understanding in society. Research is essential to advance each of these goals.


When NAMI is approached to be involved in research of any type, at any level, we take it very seriously. NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth and National Director of Research, Support and Education Dr. Teri Brister thoroughly review the research protocols and methodology and the documentation that the study has been approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assure the safety of those involved. 

If you have questions about research at NAMI, please visit or email

Parental Experience of Child Diagnosis of Mental Illness

This study is an anonymous online for parents of children with a diagnosed mental illness. The goal of this study is to understand parental experiences of grief when caring for a child with mental illness and how to better support parent caregivers based on their unique needs. Participants must be 18 years or older.

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ECT Family Experiences Study

Boston University’s Family Development & Treatment Lab is conducting a research study to assess the attitudes of Electroconvulsive Therapy patient’s family members. The main goal of this study is to understand family’s experiences with ECT in order to eventually develop programs to better support them. You must be 18 years or older to participate.


CONNEX | Clinical Research Study

The CONNEX clinical research program is asking if an investigational drug can affect cognition in people with schizophrenia. They are looking for adults who are 18-50 years of age and have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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