ACT Center Receives Distinguished Signature Center Designation

Release Date: 
Jun 20 2011

IUPUI has selected its second cohort of research centers to receive IUPUI Signature Center designation. The selected centers are the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center of Indiana, hosted by the Department of Psychology in the School of Science, the Transportation Active Safety Institute and the Vascular and Cardiac Center for Adult Stem Cell Therapy.


This recognition is in response to the achievements realized by these centers upon completion of their 3-year funding under the Signature Centers Initiative Grant Program.

The ACT Center evaluates the effectiveness of mental health programs and prepares mental health specialists to implement effective interventions that assist families dealing with mental illness. The center also serves as an advocate for public policies that encourage implementation of effective and affordable support services for people with mental illness and their families.

“The ACT Center has been very involved in helping programs across the state to provide the best treatments to help people recover from severe mental illnesses,” said Michelle Pensec Salyers, associate professor of psychology and director of the ACT Center. “One of the most recent accomplishments is a cost-effective way to measure how well programs are following a specific model of care that has been very effective. Another big area for us has been developing methods to help reduce staff burnout as mental health workers are experiencing a great deal of pressure in the current economic situation.  We are developing tools to help support them and to be able to maintain a happy and healthy workforce.”

 “I am very pleased with the success of the Signature Centers Initiative,” said Uday Sukhatme, IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties. “It is a cornerstone of the IUPUI Academic Plan. It boosts the research infrastructure via substantial seed funding for stimulating new directions of multidisciplinary research. The initiative has played an important role in enhancing research and increased the research funding on the IUPUI campus from about $260 million in 2006 to over $400 million in 2010 - an excellent return on investment!”

The three new centers receiving IUPUI Signature Center designation have reached prominence for their unique and distinctive research and scholarly activity.  These centers bring to eight the number of the centers that have received IUPUI Signature Center designation, including the Center for Earth and Environmental Science also hosted by the School of Science.

The Center for Urban Health and the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute were awarded three-year funding under the Signature Centers Initiative Grant Program in 2010.

The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy.