SEPTEMBER 13, 2017


NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Initiative

This webinar will serve as an introductory review and update about the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative and will provide an opportunity to discuss the use of RDoC principles in global mental health research. RDoC provides a framework for researchers to reorient their approach to the study of mental disorders by incorporating a focus on dimensional characterizations of psychopathology and using integrative methods to identify novel, valid methods for grouping patients and developing personalized treatments. The objectives of the webinar are to provide participants with an overview of the scientific rationale for the RDoC initiative, an introduction to the RDoC matrix, and some considerations for integrating RDoC into global mental health research. This webinar is appropriate for researchers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about the RDoC framework.



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Sarah Morris, Ph.D
Chief, Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Treatment
Development Branch
Division of Translational Research
NIMH Extramural Program

Sarah Morris, Ph.D., is Chief of the Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Treatment Development branch in the Division of Translational Research in the NIMH Extramural Program. After graduating from the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, she conducted psychophysiology research on self-monitoring processes in schizophrenia at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2010, she moved to NIMH, where she manages a portfolio of research grants focused on translational research in adult psychopathology, serves as a science officer for the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study and the international HARMONY consortium of psychosis risk studies, and serves as Associate Head of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit, whose mission is to promote research that takes a dimensional, integrative approach to conceptualizing mental disorders.


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Ishmael Amarreh, Ph.D., MPA
Chief, Research Scientist Development
Program Officer for Global Mental Health
NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health

Ishmael (Ish) Amarreh, Ph.D., MPA, Chief, Research Scientist Development, Program Officer for Global Mental Health, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), NIMH. Dr. Amarreh is the Chief for the Research Scientist Development Program. Dr. Amarreh is responsible for the initiation, planning, execution, assessment, coordination and promotion of international research and scientist development activities within the ORDGMH, and in conjunction with other NIH Institutes and Centers, and governmental and international organizations as needed. In addition, Dr. Amarreh is responsible for supporting the research in Global Mental Health Program for ORDGMH. In this capacity, he works closely with the Chief for Global Mental Health Research and advises on policies, goals, and objectives for global mental health research. Dr. Amarreh serves as Project Officer for the international research portfolio at NIMH and works with NIMH extramural and intramural program staff to develop global projects and provide technical consultation to the global mental health community. Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Amarreh was a Health Scientist and served as a senior science advisor to NIDA’s Associate Director for Scientific Affairs and Director of the Division of Extramural Research where his accomplishments included the following: 2015 NIH Director's Award for outstanding accomplishment; launched a 300 million dollar study on Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development; developed and conducted workshops and scientific conferences for NIDA; authored the strategic plan for Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH; and provided executive level guidance, in particular through strategic planning and policy implementation, and senior-level decision-making based on information management. Dr. Amarreh has unique and highly specific expertise with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience, and a Master of International Public Affairs degree.