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May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice

Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Robert Heinssen is Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Heinssen has played a key role in launching major NIMH research initiatives in psychosis risk states, first episode psychosis, assessment of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, and suicide prevention. From 2008 to 2010, he was pivotal in launching the NIMH-Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army STARRS), the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel.

Dr. Heinssen has won several awards, including the Angelo Cocchi Award from the International Early Psychosis Association, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America; the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award; the Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association; the Michael S. Neale Award from the American Psychological Association; and the Valliant Researcher Award from the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America. Dr. Heinssen serves as NIMH liaison to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Compassionate Innovation Advisory Council.

Dr. Heinssen earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University of America. He completed a clinical fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and residency at Chestnut Lodge Hospital. He served as a Behavioral Science Officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 2004-2012, attaining the rank of Major. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Heinssen is a board certified, licensed clinical psychologist. He has authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters, and is a regular presenter at major scientific meetings.

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