The Hogg Foundation recently awarded its 2013 Mental Health Research Grants. This grant program supports innovative research into mental health by awarding two-year grants to tenure-track assistant professors who are engaged in high-quality original research. The goals of this initiative are to increase the pool of junior faculty members doing quality mental health research and to encourage the communication of research findings through presentations at state and national conferences and meetings.

Ten assistant professors were selected from a pool of 38 proposals from 17 universities across Texas. The successful applicants impressed us with their qualifications as scholars, as well as the rigor of their proposed projects. The selected research projects address the causes, prevention and treatment of certain mental health conditions, the challenges of integrating physical and mental health care, and the role of cultural and linguistic competency in eliminating health care disparities.

“The foundation is committed to funding promising research that sheds light on various dimensions of mental health,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation.

This program furthers the foundation’s goal of promoting dialogue and learning in mental health. The foundation is committed to increasing knowledge about mental health and sharing that knowledge with mental health services providers, policymakers, the philanthropic community and consumers.

The grants are capped at $19,250 each. Since the program’s inception in 2009, nearly $900,000 in grants have been awarded.

For the full list of 2013 grant awardees, go here.