MHRN is a consortium of research centers affiliated with large not-for-profit integrated healthcare systems.  The network is governed as a cooperative agreement with NIMH.  


Executive Committee

The MHRN Executive Committee consists of four members. 

Gregory E. Simon, MD MPH

MHRN Prinicipal Investigator

Senior Investigator

Kaiser Permanente Washington
Health Research Institute

Kaiser Permanente Washington
Seattle, Washington

Leif Solberg, MD

Health System Engagement Core Lead

Senior Investigator, Senior Advisor 

Care Improvement Research

HealthPartners Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota



Enid Hunkeler, MA

Senior Investigator

Division of Research

Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Oakland, California 

Frances Lynch, PhD

Senior Investigator

Center for Health Research - NW 

Research Institute

Kaiser Permanente Northwest 
Portland, Oregon

Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee is made up of site PIs, NIMH staff, and project/core leads.   

  • Brian Ahmedani, Henry Ford, Site PI
  • Patricia Arean, University of Washington, Mobile Assessment Pilot Project Lead
  • Susan Azrin, NIMH, Project Scientist
  • Arne Beck, Kaiser Colorado, Site PI
  • Greg Clarke, Kaiser Northwest, Mobile Assessment Pilot Project Lead
  • Karen Coleman, Kaiser Southern California, Site PI
  • John Zeber, Baylor Scott & White, Site PI
  • Lisa Croen, Kaiser Northern California, Autism Registry Project Lead
  • Michael Freed, NIMH Program Officer
  • Enid Hunkeler, Kaiser Northern California, Site PI
  • Frances Lynch, Kaiser Northwest, Site PI
  • Rob Penfold, Kaiser Permanente Washington, Virtual Follow-Up Pilot Project Lead
  • Rebecca Rossom, HealthPartners, Site PI & Signature Project Lead
  • Greg Simon, Kaiser Permanente Washington, MHRN Principal Investigator
  • Leif Solberg, HealthPartners, Evaluation & Engagement Core Lead
  • Christine Lu, Harvard Pilgrim, Site PI
  • Ming Tai-Seale, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Site PI
  • Drew Bradlyn, Kaiser Georgia, Site PI
  • Beth Waitzfelder, Kaiser Hawaii, Site PI 
  • Stephen Waring, Essentia Institute of Rural Health, Site PI


Infrastructure Core Groups 

Virtual Data Warehouse 

  • The primary goals of the data infrastructure workgroup are evaluating the availability and quality of electronic records data regarding mental health diagnoses and treatments; establishing standard definitions and specifications for key mental health variables; and establishing an ongoing quality assessment process.


  • This group was charge with development of a mental health assessment library and online assessment platform is complete, and work to improve assessment should now focus on harmonizing and spreading the use of standardized assessments in clinical practice throughout partner health systems.

Human Subjects Protection

  • Established the resources to increase efficiency and improve the protection of human subjects including the creation of an IRB Toolkit.  The goal going forward is to disseminate these to a broader audience of researchers and research administrators.

Evaluation and Engagement

  • Focused on engagement with health system partners and external stakeholders and on evaluating relevance of MHRN research to those stakeholders.

  Emerging Issues and Surveillance

  • Focused on using electronic records data to identify emerging sisues and treatment patterns in mental health care.