Research at CHA

An active and collaborative research environment

CHA values research as the foundation for improving the quality of care. Much current research involves health policy, the evaluation of health services, disparities in care and quality improvements, as well as clinical trials. Learn more about CHAs research centers below.



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Family Studies Lab

A Psychiatry Research Center

Our team works to better understand the contributions of early relational risk, trauma, and stress regulation to brain development and social adaptation in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

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Cambridge Health Justice Lab

We deploying data analytics to reveal health and social policies that undermine health and health equity.

This lets us support evidence-based advocacy to achieve a healthier and more equal society and health care system.

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Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy (CHEEA)

An educational initiative that seeks to better equip healthcare professionals to be change agents in our healthcare system and society.

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Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

A Psychiatry Research Center

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion conducts research to improve physical and mental health in diverse communities.

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Children’s Health Initiative

A Psychiatry Research Center

We bring together clinicians and researchers to advance children’s mental health policy through the development and dissemination of evidence-based approaches.

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Division on Addiction

A Psychiatry Research Center

A multi-disciplinary team striving to alleviate addiction-related social, medical, and economic burdens through research, education, training, and outreach.

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Health Equity Research Lab

A Psychiatry Research Center

An interdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, and community partners conducting research to improve physical and mental health in diverse communities.

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Institute for Community Health

A nonprofit consulting organization that provides participatory evaluation, applied research, assessment, planning, and data services.

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Supplement Research Program

Led by Dr. Pieter Cohen, the Supplement Research Program has become the leading voice on supplement safety in the United States.

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