Initial Areas of Focus

Though the Garvey Institute is committed to developing, testing and rapidly deploying innovative approaches to prevent and treat a wide range of brain health and mental health problems including anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, and suicide, our initial work will focus on four flagship programs:

Brain health and cognitive aging. This program will focus on innovative strategies to promote brain wellness across the lifespan, to prevent brain disorders when possible, and to delay the effects of brain aging and degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Trauma. This program will focus on the effects of traumatic brain injury, physical trauma and emotional trauma on brain health. We will work to develop protective strategies for preventing brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to develop treatments that promote resiliency.

Addictions. This program will develop and test new approaches to reduce the impact of drug abuse and addiction. We will work to identify genetic and social vulnerabilities responsible for addiction and changes in the addicted brain and use genetic, pharmacological and psychosocial approaches to develop new prevention and treatment strategies.

Technology. This program will focus on innovative uses of technology to improve access to behavioral health care. We will leverage technological breakthroughs that create opportunities to improve brain research, early risk detection, treatment and prevention.