Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the PMHARC

The Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC) strives to transform how individuals with comorbid mental illness and HIV/AIDS are treated and managed by developing innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrative approaches to optimize psychiatric, behavioral, and medical outcomes and achieving a better understanding of the biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying these combined illnesses and treatments.

The Mission of the PMHARC is to:

  • Focus on the combination of mental illness and HIV/AIDS and related comorbidities
  • Develop innovative, integrated treatments to optimize psychiatric, behavioral, and medical outcomes
  • Achieve a better understanding of the biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying these combined illnesses and treatments
  • Expand the research base by fostering collaborations among well-established:
    • mental illness/AIDS researchers
    • mental health researchers who have not previously studied AIDS
    • substance abuse AIDS researchers who have not previously studied mental health
    • AIDS researchers not previously focused on mental health
    • researchers expert in metabolic phenomena common to AIDS and to mental illness

Previous Meeting(s)

The PMHARC and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health co-sponsored a free Philadelphia citywide HIV/AIDS Research Conference titled "From Bench to Bus Stop: Building HIV Research Collaborations in Philadelphia" on January 26, 2016 to: provide an update on HIV prevention, treatment, and cure science; highlight local researchers; and provide a networking/collaborative opportunity for attendees.  This event was held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia at 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Archived slide presentations from the conference can be found at the conference website: http://phillyhivresearch.wixsite.com/hivconference2016/books