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Welcome to the Serious Mental Illness and Quality of Life Research Cluster Website.  Here you will find a description of our mission, faculty and graduate student bios and projects, along with news about our school and upcoming events.


March 29, 2016

Lim Awarded Fellowship


Based on the compelling description of her dissertation project, the recommendations of her advisors, and the Graduate School/Provost’s Office selection committee, Caroline Lim (PhD candidate) has been awarded a competitive USC Graduate School Final Year Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

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March 3, 2016

March 10th Cluster Meeting

IMG_0735Drs. John Brekke and Erin Kelly

“Building a LA Practice-based Research Network: The Fusion of Science and Practice”

Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs) are central to the the research infrastructures in many medical schools. They have not flourished in mental health. We will discuss strategies for the successful development of the Recovery Oriented Care Collaborative (ROCC), a PBRN in Los Angeles focused on integrated care.   The ROCC includes four large mental health agencies in LA that serve over 200,000 people with serious mental illness. It has become a vehicle for improving practice by fusing practice and research.


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