The Behavioral Research & Training Institute

The Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary research, training, and consulting service of University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). BRTI works in partnership with the University and its academic partners to create new and more effective treatment options. Working with recognized research professionals from RBHS, the Institute's multidisciplinary staff of researchers and trainers support initiatives that touch on all aspects of mental health. As a premiere academic and health sciences university, RBHS' UBHC continues to expand its commitment to research, offering cutting edge technologies and new treatment alternatives to those with mental illness, addictive disorders, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. BRTI is also recognized for its ability to rapidly transfer the knowledge it gains into applied practice through its professional training components.

BRTI has a dual mission. First, BRTI conducts clinical and community research designed to improve access, quality, and outcomes of clinical mental health treatment with children and adults, and in addressing a variety of community mental health issues including prevention and treatment of trauma. The Division of Research coordinates the participation of multi-disciplinary investigators in research projects at UBHC and in communities within the state of New Jersey. Many of our research programs are integrated to support the mission of UBHC. Participating investigators include faculty of RBHS, Rutgers University, and other researchers across the globe.

Second, BRTI helps schools, community groups, businesses, healthcare institutions, human service agencies, and others to develop and implement research-validated interventions. Through training, technical assistance, and consultation, BRTI is engaged in community and school-based services and research funded by a variety of public and private sources. The resulting studies have enhanced our abilities to raise the quality of life and care in the communities we serve. Programs range from the Social Decision Making/Problem Solving curriculum provided in schools throughout the state to the Technical Assistance Center (TAC), which provides an array of training and technical assistance to mental health clinicians designed to translate science into practice. BRTI conducts training for New Jersey's Children Systems of Care (COSC) staff and families. Training and Consultation Resources (TCR) conducts an ambitious continuing education program for staff throughout UBHC and providers in the healthcare community.

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