The North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center (NCPRC)
We are tireless in our efforts to discover what will improve recovery for people living with serious mental illness. Within each discipline as well as across disciplines, important research takes place alongside leading-edge treatment.
The Research Center is comprised of two major research units: The STEP Research Clinic and the Community Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center.
NCPRC was formerly the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) of Dorothea Dix Hospital, which had been in operation since 1967. In 2011, the CRU converted to an outpatient research clinic on the Dix campus and became known as the NCPRC. In 2014, the Research Center moved to its current location at 3010 Falstaff Road in Raleigh along with other Center programs to optimize its integration into the Center, the Raleigh community and local mental health service. The Center has expanded its research program to include a newly developed Community Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center (COREC). NCPRC continues to partner with North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. Staff
The STEP Research Clinic provides state-of-the-art clinical treatment to patients at any stage of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or other serious mental illness. Patients may also choose to volunteer in approved research studies to advance knowledge and improve treatment options for these serious mental illnesses.
Community Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center (COREC) focuses on outcomes and program evaluation, quality improvement, and intervention research. Our goal is to support the mission of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health to better the lives of persons with mental illness in North Carolina and beyond.