August 2-3, 2022 | 11:00am-6:00pm ET

25th NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR)

Transforming Challenges into New Opportunities

The National Institute of Mental Health is excited to virtually host the 25th NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR): Transforming Challenges into New Opportunities.

This premier meeting brings together leading mental health services researchers, as well as clinicians, mental health advocates, and federal and non-federal partners. MHSR 2022 will highlight scientific opportunities for the next generation of high-impact research to drive mental health care improvement.

The main virtual conference events are scheduled August 2-3, 2022 and will feature keynote presentations, plenary panels, symposia, posters, and talks 'Forecasting the Future of Mental Health Services Research.'


Registration is free of charge however space is limited. Register today!

  • Denny Pintello, Ph.D., M.S.W.

    Program Chief, Child and Adolescent Services and Dissemination and Implementation Research Division of Services Intervention Research National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Jennifer Humensky, Ph.D.

    Program Chief, Financing and Managed Care Research Division of Services Intervention Research National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Call for Abstracts

MHSR 2022 is intended to highlight current scientific efforts to improve population mental health through high-impact mental health services research, consistent with NIMH Strategic Research Priorities, particularly Strategic Objective 4: “Strengthen the Public Health Impact of NIMH-Supported Research” (see: Strategic Research Priorities Overview).  This Call for Abstracts solicits symposia, posters and Forecasting the Future of Mental Health Research.  Please submit your abstract following the instructions below.


Abstract submission deadline is May 22, 2022, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.


Topics of Interest

This Call-for-Abstracts solicits abstracts of original research on a broad range of mental health services research topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Dissemination and Implementation Research
  • Integration of Mental Health Servides into Primary Care
  • Delivery of Mental Health Services, Criminal Justice and Other Non-Traditional Settings
  • Research Methods, including Big Data Approaches
  • Learning Mental Health Care Systems
  • Services to Achieve Greater Equity in Mental Health Outcomes
  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Care
  • Health Economics, Financing or Delivery of Care
  • Impact of the Pandemic on Service Delivery
  • Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health Services


Session Types

Symposium – Symposia are 75 minutes in length. Each symposium is composed of 3 presentations that address a single topic from different perspectives or discuss several components of a research project. Presenters should emphasize the potential for their research findings to improve practice. A symposium and its presenters are introduced by the symposium Chair. A Discussant provides a brief, reflective summary of all presentations at the end of the symposium. The symposium should include ample time for discussion.

Poster Presentation – Poster sessions provide an opportunity for in-depth conversation about the research conducted and the investigators’ experiences. Each poster presenter will provide a PPT slide converted to a pdf that includes easy to read tables and graphics.

Forecasting the Future of Mental Health Services Research This plenary will identify bold, novel approaches that move the mental health services field forward. Presentations will focus on what mental health care might look like in the future and identify strategies needed to successfully achieve proposed objectives. Selected speakers will deliver a 10-minute presentation; PowerPoint slides are optional.



Submission Instructions




For technical questions regarding your submission, please contact

For scientific or programmatic questions, please contact

Symposium Submission

Poster Presentation Submission

New Investigators

NIMH MHSR New Investigators Pre-Conference Workshop

2022 Applications Now Being Accepted


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is offering a select group of investigators new to the field of mental health services research the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in a career development workshop on Thursday, August 4, 2022 led by experts from NIMH and academia, and
  2. Present research findings at a poster session at the 25th NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR 2022): Transforming Challenges into New Opportunities on August 2-3, 2022.


The New Investigators Workshop is intended for individuals who are currently receiving or within 5 years post-completion of doctoral training or re-training, or medical residency, who intend to pursue a career in 1) mental health services research or 2) the interface of services and effectiveness research.  Priority will be given to applicants who have never been an NIMH principal investigator on a research (R) or career (K) award.  Applicants must submit an application, poster abstract, one-page description of career goals, curriculum vitae, and a Letter of Recommendation from a department chair or established research mentor using the instructions below.

All materials must be submitted to by 5:00 PM ET on April 15, 2022.  Letters of Recommendation must be sent directly to by recommenders.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or about May 15, 2022.  If you have questions, please contact

We invite you to share this information with your colleagues and with early-career investigators.



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