About Us

We are Penn Center for Mental Health (CMH), the premier academic center for advancing mental health research, policy, training and practice. Our dedicated, multidisciplinary faculty and staff connect research and evaluation findings to policy decisions and to delivery and implementation of services to improve the lives of people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.

CMH was founded in 1984 at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is nationally recognized for its research, technical assistance, practice and academic training in adult and children’s mental health services. Since then, we have been a champion for people living with or at-risk for mental health problems, supporters of the people and programs responsible for creating policy and system change, and have conducted rigorous research, and have provided unparalleled community partnerships and research training for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

Our work continues to increase the likelihood that people currently living with mental health needs are treated with techniques proven to result in more positive outcomes.



We leverage community-partnered research to determine policies and practices that increase quality of care and associated outcomes for people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

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We craft policies in partnership with public agencies and insurers that improve care and associated outcomes.

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We cultivate the next generation of mental health care researchers and clinicians through unparalleled training of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

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We provide children with autism, psychiatric disorders and other developmental disabilities the best care consistent with the latest research evidence and associated outcomes.

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CMH provides complimentary services and support through the following affiliated labs and clinics: