Mission and Vision

The Mission

To partner with Arizona researchers and direct care providers in order to support broad based, innovative mental health research.

The Vision

Founded in 2001, the Institute for Mental Health Research is the only statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to mental health research in the United States.

The vision of IMHR is to advancing solutions to Arizona families in the areas of mental illnesses and well-being throughout the lifespan. Working with our scientists and clinical partners IMHR will integrate, align and increase research by:

  • Providing seed grants to promising scientists
  • Recruiting talented scientists to the State
  • Unlocking larger sources of funds for research
  • Partnering with clinicians to impact patients and their families through educational programs


Located in the Phoenix Area, the Institute has collaborated with, and provided grants to, scientists and clinicians at:

  • Arizona State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Banner Health
  • T-GEN
  • Sun Health Research Institute
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center