Psychiatric Practice Research

The Psychiatric Practice Research group of the American Psychiatric Foundation is APA’s primary mechanism for studying the state of real-world psychiatric practice. The group conducts mental health services research that is both policy- and clinically-relevant. It also conducts member surveys to support the mission and strategic priorities of the APA.

Research activities include:

  • Conducting practice-based research on the effects of national health policy issues such as health care reform and mental health insurance parity on psychiatric practice
  • Assessing the impact of clinical initiatives on psychiatric practice, such as practice guidelines and quality measurement, use of electronic health records, and DSM-5 implementation
  • Determining the characteristics of psychiatric patients, their treatments, and treatment settings
  • Research and survey consultation to the APA administration, leadership, and members

Primary Research Areas


Research Resources

Health Policy and Services Research
Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Care
Psychiatry Workforce

Published studies in peer-reviewed journals
Public Use of PPR Databases


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