Community-Based Mental Health

The Studies

The Community-Based Mental Health Research Focus Area at NEOMED is targeted toward improving the health and health care of a population of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The common focus on community mental health builds on three interrelated domains of scientific inquiry:

  1. social factors that influence health;
  2. health services research, health outcomes, utilization and organization of care; and
  3. integration of primary and mental health care.


The key translational goal of our research is to improve health through the acquisition of new scientific knowledge.

The Statistics


of Americans over the age of 12 suffer from the symptoms of moderate to severe depression.


of adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance abuse disorder also had a co-occurring mental illness.


billion dollars in lost earnings occur in America each year due to serious mental illness.

The Scientists

Our research focus area consists of a collaborative, trans-institutional, and interdisciplinary team of researchers who work with national experts in the area of community mental health. The team includes researchers in the fields of sociology, psychology, public health, psychiatry, family medicine and pharmacy at NEOMED and other universities in Northeast Ohio.

The Stories


Christian Ritter, Ph.D.
Director, Community-Based Mental Health
Phone: 330.325.6165

Community-Based Mental Health Research

Research at NEOMED