We are a consortium of 13 health system research centers, embedded in large and diverse healthcare systems, dedicated to improving patient mental health through research, practice, and policy; with expertise in mental health research as well as disciplines such as epidemiology, health services, economics, disparities, outcomes and quality assessment, and pragmatic clinical trials.  Support for MHRN is provided by a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Mental Health.


Our Mission

To improve the understanding and management of mental health conditions through a closer connection between research, practice, and policy.


Our Vision

The Mental Health Research Network, through support from the National Institute of Mental Health, is the nation’s preeminent source of population-based research on mental health, partnering with health systems that finance and provide care of a diverse population of over 12.5 million people in 15 states to:

  • Identify research questions that matter to patients, healthcare providers, and healthcare systems
  • Efficiently answer those questions involving real-world patients and providers
  • Dissminate and implement research results


Our Values

As part of the larger Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN), we share the values of:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Actionable research findings
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Transparency
  • Efficiency