Substance abuse and depression are two of the most common and debilitating mental health disorders. Practically everyone in our society has directly experienced their effects personally or has witnessed them in someone we know.jeffery_talbolt_2

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from either a depressive illness such as depression or some type of drug addiction within their lifetime. This exacts a tremendous personal and societal cost that is impossible to fully measure. Yet, the National Institutes of Health estimates that approximately $700 billion is lost annually in treatment and productivity.

Substance abuse and depression also pose a tremendous clinical challenge that uniquely affects both the patient and the caregiver. For the patient, these illnesses can be profoundly debilitating, are difficult to treat, and have high rates of relapse. For the caregiver, providing effective treatment requires a greater degree of clinical skill while, ironically, exposing themselves to greater risk for experiencing depression and substance abuse disorders.

The purpose of Research Center on Substance Abuse and Depression at Roseman University of Health Sciences is to serve as a resource to both patients and clinicians in our community.

Our mission is two-fold. First, our experts from institutions across the country promote drug discovery and development through basic science and clinical research in order to advance new, more effective therapies. Second, the center offers inter-professional educational opportunities for local and regional health care practitioners and policymakers who are on the front lines of combating substance abuse and depression, as well as their related mental health issues, such as suicide.

The Research Center on Substance Abuse & Depression Mission

The Research Center on Substance Abuse and Depression at Roseman University of Health Sciences conducts basic science and translational research that leads to drug discovery; it educates health care practitioners and policymakers addressing the social and economic impacts of substance abuse and depression in communities; and serves the public with resources on prevention, awareness, and understanding.