Overview of Our Center
Mission, Goals, & Strategic Plan
To disseminate knowledge through a range of activities that include teaching, publishing, speaking, consulting, and training.
Grant Funding Portfolio
Highlights of Fiscal Year 2016 include:
– 7.4 million dollars in new research funding awarded,
About Our Center
The Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. SPARC was created in 1993 when it was designated a Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systems Research by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). DMH has a second Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard – the Commonwealth Research Center – that focuses on neurobiology and psychopharmacology research.
Our mission mirrors DMH's commitment to collaborating with other state agencies, consumers, families, advocates, providers, and communities. We strive for the broadest possible dissemination of our research with the goal of informing all stakeholders as to the state of the science. DMH and SPARC are aligned in their vision of promoting mental health through early intervention, treatment, education, policy and regulation to provide opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth to live full and productive lives.
Our Center has internationally recognized expertise in program development, services research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, forensic/legal and human rights issues, child and family mental health issues, transitional youth, and co-occurring disorders.
Areas of Research Concentration
Internally, the SPARC has been re-organized into Areas of Research Concentration (ARC’s) based on the current research activities of the center and the potential for each of them to relate to external partners. These areas include research on services as well as the Application of Research (AOR) across the life span from child to adult.
Research on Services
Application of Research