methods have served a critical role throughout the
history of mental health research, and will continue
to serve a critical role in the future. To wit, the
standard diagnostic criteria document for mental
disorders, published by the American Psychiatric
Association, is named the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), highlighting the
critical role of statistical methods in mental health
research. Therefore, there is a need for an intellectual
forum for statisticians who work in mental health
research to communicate and facilitate further advancements
for the field.
The Interest Group on Statistics in Mental Health Research
(SMHR) of the American Statistical Association (ASA)
aims to fulfill the need for this forum.
The SMHR aims to achieve the following goals:
1. To provide a forum for the communications among
statisticians who work in mental health research,
and communication between statisticians and mental
health researchers to facilitate the use of sound
statistical methodologies in mental health research;
2. To facilitate the development and application
of statistical methodologies for mental health research;
3. To promote career opportunities for statisticians
in mental health research.
To achieve these goals, the SMHR will host professional
activities both within the ASA, and in conjunction
with entities involved in mental health research,
including professional associations, funding agencies,
service organizations, and foundations.