A Decade of 9/11 Research

During the past decade ISERP program affiliates and research centers have undertaken a broad range of research projects examining the aftermath of September 11, 2001 — from exhaustive oral histories to the role of crisis mental health to analyzing the social movement of architects that sprang up after 9/11.


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Highlighted Research

Researchers Find Law Mandating Care for People With Severe Mental Illnesses Helps Reduce Violence

Bruce Link, ISERP Faculty Fellow and Co-Director, Health and Society Scholars Program was lead investigator on a new study assessing the merits of Kendra's Law. It determined that mandatory outpatient treatment for people with severe mental illnesses has led to a drop in violent behavior. The study was published in February in the journal Psychiatric Services.

Key Findings
  • The researchers followed 76 patients in New York City clinics between 2003 and 2006.
  • Those in the study were compared with a carefully matched control group of 108 outpatients with mental illness enrolled in the same clinics.
  • The researchers found that the patients in mandatory outpatient treatment—who had more violent histories—were four times less likely than members of the control group to perpetrate serious violence after undergoing treatment.