Public-academic partnerships: improving care for older persons with schizophrenia through an academic-community partnership

Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Mar;59(3):236-9. doi: 10.1176/


Translating evidence-based mental health interventions designed in research settings into community practice is a priority for multiple stakeholders. Partnerships between academic and public institutions can facilitate this translation. To improve care for middle-aged and older adults with schizophrenia, the authors developed a collaboration between a university research center and a public mental health service system using principles from community-based participatory research and cultural exchange theory. They describe the process that has led to a number of mutually beneficial products. Despite the challenges involved, building and maintaining academic-public collaborations will be essential for improving mental health care for persons with schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes*
  • Aged
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Public Health*
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*