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About Transitions ACR

Youth and young adults (ages 14 to 30) with serious mental health conditions are a very large population with strikingly poor outcomes. For both students and young workers, a serious mental health condition is a major barrier to success. Research has documented that these young adults have serious struggles in both school and work, often even more so than other disability groups. Additionally, the movement from adolescent to mature adulthood for young people with serious mental health conditions is made more difficult because it spans the ages that child and adult service systems address. The transition to adulthood is a critical life stage when the learning that occurs, both in school and in the larger world, lays an important foundation for individuals’ future work life.

University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), in Worcester MA, has a strong commitment to promoting research, knowledge translation and dissemination at the institution. UMMS is the Commonwealth’s first and only public medical school. UMMS is one of the nation’s top 50 medical schools and is firmly committed to providing full access to individuals with disabilities. UMMS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office guidelines, and Human Resources policies. 

UMass Department of Psychiatry

With its leading clinical services, research, and education programs, the UMass Department of Psychiatry is combating mental illness and addiction on a regional, national and global scale. The UMass Department of Psychiatry is guiding the development of progressive public health policies; providing state-of-the-art, recovery-driven patient care; fostering innovation through research; training students and practitioners; and building community engagement in an effort to enhance the mental health of citizens in Massachusetts and beyond.

Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center


The Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) is part of the UMMS Department of Psychiatry, and is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Center of Excellence. Funded by MA DMH, private foundations, federal,and industry sources, iSPARC faculty and staff are a multidisciplinary group, representing psychiatry, sociology, clinical and research psychology, rehabilitation, statistics, social work and the law, with a long track record of conducting public sector mental health services research, knowledge translation, and dissemination activities.

Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research

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The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research is located within the SPARC, and its offices are fully ADA compliant. One of the most innovative aspects of the Transitions RRTC is its strong history of recruiting and employing youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions; currently 8 of the 14 staff positions are held by youth and young adult staff members with lived mental health experience.