Did you know that mental illness is the leading cause of disability?

The mental health research conducted within the Department of Psychiatry aspires to improve and discover effective treatments and interventions that threaten our world. That’s why it is essential to continue to concentrate our research efforts in the areas of:

  • Neuroscience – understanding what goes wrong in the brain in mental illness.
  • Behavioral science – understanding the human action and behavior in society.
  • Genetics – the makeup and phenomena of a human being.

Learn more about the work we are doing and discover ways to become involved.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota
We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work. Our committment to research ethics


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Akshay Patke

As Clinical Research Advocate, Akshay serves as an independent liaison between patients, clinicians and researchers in the Psychiatry Department. He is available to describe the research process for potential participants, facilitate communication between participants and all members of the research team, and ensure the ethical treatment of participants. Akshay works to support a pleasant and convenient research participation experience. For any questions or concerns regarding research participation, please contact Akshay via phone or e-mail.