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In the News:

December 10, 2015

Bernice Pescosolido has been awarded a 2015 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant. Awards are given annually to 15 scientists, who are full professors or the equivalent, conducting innovative projects in diverse areas of neurobiological and behavioral research. Recipients of the $100,000, one-year grants are seeking new potential targets for understanding and treating psychiatric disorders that affect one in four people, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, PTSD and autism spectrum disorders. Pescosolido will use the grant to repeat and reinvent the largest U.S. survey examining persistent stigma toward mental illness. Past surveys of attitudes toward mental illness have found that many Americans do harbor prejudices about mental illness, ironically, even as more people accept neurobiological explanations for the most prevalent disorders. Pescosolido will examine whether that trend has changed in the past decade and will expand the research to other factors, including what it is like to experience mental illness-based discrimination and respondents’ amount of contact with mental health diagnoses. With this research, her team aims to help reduce the health burden of stigma, which has negative effects on important recovery factors ranging from self-esteem to willingness to seek help. For more information:


November 16, 2015

The National Academy of Science has appointed Bernice Pescosolido to the standing Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms. The Committee examines the evidence base for strategies to change social norms, beliefs, and attitudes related to mental and substance use disorders in order to support individuals to seek treatment and other supportive services; reduce discrimination, negative attitudes, and stereotyping; and improve public knowledge about behavioral health (

November 6, 2015

Glenn Close on ending mental illness stigma

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April 30, 2015

Bernice Pescosolido, Glenn Close and The College Toolbox Project lead campaign against mental illness stigma.
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April 7, 2015 - Bernice Pescosolido presentation, Context and National Testing of PSAs (video link). From the "Lessons Learned from Diverse Efforts to Change Social Norms" Workshop, March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015 - Bernice Pescosolido presents "Context and National Testing of PSAs" (video link) at National Research Council meeting, Washington DC.

March 17, 2015 - IU sociologist Bernice Pescosolido appointed to National Academy of Sciences committee

February 25, 2015

Bernice Pescosolido, IUNI Co-Director, presented "The College Toolbox Project: Introduction and Early Insights from Participants" at the 7th International Conference - Together Against Stigma: Each Mind Matters, held in San Francisco, CA. (Photos, L-R: Bernice Pescosolido, Heather Stuart, Julio Arboleda-Florez, Annie Blaine. Bernice Pescosolido, Annie Blaine, Pamela Harrington, Jack Martin)

People magazine: How Glenn Close Saved Her Sister's Life

Indiana University announces $7 million investment in new network science institute

IU Imagine magazine feature: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

Bernice Pescosolido at TEDxBloomington: "A Community Safety Net to Prevent Rampage Shootings" (video link)

Study: Public Feels More Negative Toward People With Drug Addiction Than Those With Mental Illness

Study findings cited by The President's National Conference on Mental Health, and new BringChange2Mind PSA

American Journal of Public Health piece featured in "Huffington Post"