Three UND colleges unite for new research initiative
Behavioral health disorders, which range from substance use disorders to suicidality and anxiety, directly impact 20 percent of adults in the United States. Research in the area is broad as it encompasses not only emotional, social and psychological health, but also a similarly holistic approach to treating mental and physical disorders.
While the field is not new, there’s been growing interest in integrating behavioral health research and care into mental health treatment, too. Altru Hospital, for example, recently invested $380 million into the construction of a behavioral health facility in Grand Forks.
UND also is investing in this area through the recent formation of the Behavioral Health Initiative, a tri-college effort that seeks to recruit faculty to collaborate on research, grants and programming focused on addressing behavioral health concerns in North Dakota.