The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

For... the activity of the mind is life....
--Aristotle, The Metaphysics

The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics is a think tank founded to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research among scholars and policymakers around issues of mental illness and mental health. As a research institute, the goal is to study issues at the intersection of law, mental health, and ethics as well as influence policy reform and advocacy actions for improved treatment of people with mental illness. Ultimately, an interdisciplinary approach to these important issues will promote a society of well-rounded persons who work with deep satisfaction and integrity and enjoy a clear mind.


  • Video of the Saks Institute Fall Lecture with Eric McCormack and Jessie Close is now online. Click here to view "In Real Life and as Seen on TV: Stories of Mental Health on Campus".
  • The Saks Institute is pleased to announce a new initiative to fund pilot research of junior scholars. Click here to view information about our first project.
  • The Saks Institute is currently accepting applications for a Post Doctoral Research Associate. To view the job posting, click here. Please submit applications online through USC Careers.

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