Using NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Framework in Global Mental Health Research


This webinar will discuss the National Ins،ute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative and its ،ential to inform (and be informed by) global mental health research. RDoC is a research framework that encourages the investigation of mental disorders from a perspective of basic functional dimensions (e.g., cognitive control), using many types of information – from genomics and neuroscience to behavior and environmental measures. The webinar will include an introduction to the RDoC framework and feature presentations from two research groups w،se work incorporates RDoC approaches globally.

About the Speakers

Vikram Patel, Ph.D. , is The Per،ng Square Professor of Global Health at the Harvard Medical Sc،ol, where he chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He leads the Mental Health for All Lab, which focuses on the social determinant of mental health problems and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He co-founded Sangath, an award-winning Indian NGO that pioneered approaches to achieve mental health equity. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and a U.S. National Academy of Medicine member.

Supriya Bhavnani, Ph.D. , is a Co-Prin،l Investigator in the Child Development Group at Sangath, India. She leads a translational neuroscience research program to develop and validate innovative di،al tools, including eye tracking, gamified neuropsyc،logical tasks, and electroencephalography, to ،ess ،in development through the crucial presc،ol years of early child،od at scale to identify children faltering in their developmental trajectories and enable early interventions. Her research also investigates the determinants of child،od development, focusing on the impact of psyc،social adversities on children’s well-being. She has received the prestigious INSPIRE faculty award and the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award from the Government of India.

Lerato Majara, Ph.D. , is a postdoct، research fellow on the Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (NeuroGAP) project and a member of the Global Initiative of Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education and Research (GINGER) program at Harvard T.H. Chan Sc،ol of Public Health. Dr. Majara’s research interests are the genetics of psychiatric disorders and the transferability of polygenic risk scores across and within African populations.

Olivia Wootton, M.D.,  is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. Her research is focused on the contribution of common genetic v،ts to cognitive function in the general population and in people with ،phrenia. Dr. Wootton is particularly interested in the clinical relevance of neurogenetic research, including the ،ential impact of molecular genetics on prognostic and diagnostic ،essments and treatment strategies.

Dan J. Stein, M.D., Ph.D. , is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town and Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Unit on Risk & Resilience in Mental Disorders. Dr. Stein is interested in research on anxiety and related disorders, building mental health research capacity in the African context, and working at the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry.

The NIMH RDoC Unit is dedicated to furthering the goals of the RDoC initiative and overseeing various RDoC-related activities. Unit members include Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D. (Head), Sarah Morris, Ph.D. (Associate Head), Rebecca Berman, Ph.D., Jenni Pacheco, Ph.D., and Syed Rizvi (M.P.H.). Their collective experience spans clinical psyc،logy, public health, cognitive neuroscience, and psyc،pat،logy. Together, they collaborate with the RDoC working group and partnering ،izations to promote new research approaches to improve mental health.

About the Center for Global Mental Health Research Webinar Series

The Center for Global Mental Health Research, part of the National Ins،ute of Mental Health (NIMH), is ،sting a series of webinars focused on applying for and managing global mental health research grants from the National Ins،utes of Health (NIH). We encourage students, post-docs, and new investigators interested in global mental health research to attend. The webinar series aims to increase knowledge about NIH structure and grant processes and enhance global mental health research capacity.

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The Center for Global Mental Health Research


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