Initiatives

Initiatives

The power of a national network can be seen in the ambitious projects we are able to undertake together – initiatives of a size and scope that no single institution could take on alone. We are currently focused on a range of projects with the potential to transform the field, from developing standardized methods of assessment, to designing and implementing visionary research, to collecting and organizing best practices into actionable guidelines for care.

We know that the best way to make a difference in the field of depression and bipolar disorders is to bring experts together with a common focus, and create a platform for collaboration across disciplines and institutions. The NNDC is the only organization solely charged with and structured to realize that level of cooperation. 

The groundbreaking work of the NNDC takes place within our task groups – multidisciplinary teams made up of leading clinicians and researchers from our member institutions who devote their time and expertise to one or more initiatives related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depressive illnesses.

The aim of the NNDC mood outcomes program is to improve patient care provided to those suffering with mood disorders. Through use of measurement-based care tools and quality improvement programs informed by patient care data at our centers, the NNDC is working to transform the treatment of mood disorders.

Launched in December 2016, the NNDC Visiting Professor Program is an initiative focused on sharing and transferring expertise between NNDC Member Sites. The program is designed to allow a host site to invite a key expert from another site. Over the course of two days, the visiting professor presents a Grand Rounds lecture, delivers a major Public Education event, provides individual mentorship to researchers, and builds links to foster multi-site collaboration in research, education, or public policy. Funding for the NNDC Visiting Professor program is awarded through a competitive grant. For additional information, please contact Susan Hinton (shinton@nndc.org).