The psychological perspective on mental health and mental disorder research: introduction to the ROAMER work package 5 consensus document

Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2014 Jan;23 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):15-27. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1408.


This paper provides an overview of the theoretical framework of the Psychological Sciences' reviews and describes how improved psychological research can foster our understanding of mental health and mental disorders in a complementary way to biomedical research. Core definitions of the field and of psychological interventions and treatment in particular are provided. The work group's consensus regarding strength and weaknesses of European Union (EU) research in critical areas is summarized, highlighting the potential of a broader comprehensive "Behaviour Science programme" in forthcoming programmatic EU funding programmes.

Keywords: ROAMER; behaviour; mental health; psychological functions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health*
  • Psychology*