Assessing Stakeholder Perceptions of the Utility of Genetic Information for the Clinical Care of Mental Health Disorders: We Have a Will but Need to See the Way

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2021 Mar;48(2):363-376. doi: 10.1007/s10488-020-01058-7.


Academic stakeholders' (primarily mental health researchers and clinicians) practices and attitudes related to the translation of genetic information into mental health care were assessed. A three-part survey was administered at two large, urban universities. Response frequencies were calculated. Participants (N = 64) reported moderate levels of translational practice, adequate levels of genetic knowledge, and variable levels of genetic competence. They held positive attitudes toward translating genetic information about mental health broadly but negative attitudes about the impact that such information would have on specific aspects of care. The current study lays the groundwork for further inquiry into translating genetic information to mental health care.

Keywords: Genetics; Mental health; Practice; Translational science.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders* / genetics
  • Mental Disorders* / therapy
  • Mental Health*
  • Perception
  • Surveys and Questionnaires