Examining Best Practices for Ethical
& Successful Mental Health Research

Supported by grants:

1R13MH079690 NIH/NIMH (DuBois, PI)

1 T15 HL072453-01 (DuBois,PI)

Many questions in research ethics are empirical in nature:

• How can we enhance participants’ understanding of consent information?

• What benefits do research participants’ seek when they enroll in a study?

• Do payments to research participants increase or decrease their attention to risks in studies?

We have conducted systematic reviews of more than 100 studies on matters of ethics in mental health research in the context of a 4-year NIMH-funded scientific meeting grant (). Publications from this project include:

DuBois, J.M., et al. (2011). Ethical issues in mental health research: The case for community engagement, Current Opinions in Psychiatry, 24: 208-214.

DuBois, J.M., H. Bante, & Hadley, W. (2011). “Ethics in psychiatric research: A review of 25-years of NIH-funded empirical research,” American Journal of Bioethics—Primary Research, 2(4): 5-17.

DuBois, J.M., et al. “Restoring balance: A consensus paper on the protection of ‘vulnerable’ research participants,” American Journal of Public Health, 102(12): 2220-5.

Iltis,  A.S., Misra, S., Dunn, L.B., Brown, G.K., Campbell, A., Earll, S.A., DuBois, J.M. (2013) “Addressing risks to advance mental health research,” JAMA Psychiatry, 70(12):1363-1371.

Click here to see a poster that summarizes key recommendations from our reviews.

Additionally, we have developed educational materials for mental health researchers with funding from an NIH T15 training grant. Materials include a textbook:

DuBois, J.M. (2008) Ethics in mental health research: Principles, guidance, and cases. (New York: Oxford University Press). Look for a second edition from OUP in 2015.

An online compendium of cases published at http://emhr.net.