Division of Clinical Research

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While the world faces a multitude of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts are seeing a concurrent increase in mental health concerns. We are pleased to tell you that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding five new research networks at major academic institutions around the country to further research on emotional well-being. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall positive state of one’s emotions, life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, and ability to pursue self-defined goals.

Upon ramping up, the NIH-funded research networks will engage in meetings, conferences, small-scale pilot research, multidisciplinary cross-training, and information dissemination. This effort represents a unique opportunity to (1) increase understanding of the fundamental constituents of emotional well-being; (2) examine these constituents as potential intervention targets or outcomes; (3) refine and implement science-based intervention strategies to enhance aspects of emotional well-being, and (4) develop measurement methodologies to optimize and scale-up well-being interventions.

More information is available on the NCCIH Research Blog here: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/research/blog/new-research-networks-to-explore-the-science-of-emotional-well-being?nav=govd

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