Research involving participation by prisoners is tightly controlled by federal regulations. UConn Health faculty and a specialized Institutional Review Board panel have developed expertise in this area over the years.

Growing out of a program of over $5 million in federal and private grants, recent research in CMHC has included multiple collaborative initiatives.

Studies have included randomized bipolar disorder clinical trials, an evidence based skill training program for behaviorally and emotionally impaired inmates; and mental health screening tools developed, validated and disseminated nationally.

In addition, CMHC collaborates with and supports the CT Department of Correction, University of Connecticut, and others in their research of prisoners. Research conducted by UConn Health’s Center on Aging is especially relevant given the aging of the incarcerated population nationally. 

CMHC also partners in research aimed to to address the needs of its staff. Through a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the UConn School of Nursing launched the nation’s first correctional nursing simulation van to provide specialized training to prison nurses. CMHC is also collaborating with UMass Lowell to study the perceptions of role and occupational risks of correctional nurses through a grant funded by the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace.