Task Groups

Task Groups

In order to generate the forward momentum needed to make a difference in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depressive illnesses, the NNDC has created a platform for unprecedented scientific collaboration.  Here, the best minds in the field – representing the top institutions and cutting across a broad range of medical, social science, and management disciplines – come together to address the most pressing mental health challenges.  

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.

Bipolar Disorder

Innovative research projects focused on the genetic origins of the disease

Suicide Prevention

Strengthening suicide prevention for all age groups

Implementation and Dissemination

Strategies to move promising treatments into clinical care, building sustainable treatment models, and mentoring and training in successful implementation

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Education on safety, efficacy, & advocating for expanded use

Geriatric Mood Disorders

Investigating unique issues, risk factors and developing recommended assessments and care guidelines

Families & Depression

Exploring familial involvement in depression onset and recovery to increase positive treatment outcomes and decrease relapse

Military, Veterans & Families

Active military, veterans, and their families coping with depression, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal behavior and stigma

Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders

Special considerations for those under the age of 18

Medical Comorbidities

Increasing awareness of the utility of treating mood disorders in patients with a chronic medical illness

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Expanding rTMS for patients with treatment-resistant depressive illnesses

Women & Mood

Depressive disorders in women at key life stages, including pregnancy, postpartum and menopause

College Mental Health

Identifying and expanding proven campus strategies and resources


Identifying biological indicators, developing and promoting diagnostic tools


Improving access to care for patients in need regardless of their location through existing and emerging technologies

Treatment Resistant Depression

Focusing on partnering on innovative approaches for the 1/3 of patients that fail to respond to other treatments.