Unfor­tu­nately, com­pet­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal the­o­ries, dog­mas, and agen­das have resulted in polar­iza­tion of views on the essen­tial char­ac­ter­is­tics, causes, and treat­ment of emo­tional and behav­ioral dis­or­ders, which has impeded rather than advanced our under­stand­ing of these dis­or­ders. How­ever, sci­en­tific progress and inno­va­tion is best facil­i­tated by an envi­ron­ment that encour­ages inter-disciplinary exchange and breaks down bar­ri­ers between dif­fer­ing approaches to the study of a prob­lem at hand. Rig­or­ous and crit­i­cal think­ing, a pas­sion for truth, devo­tion to data wher­ever it leads, mind­ful­ness in the work envi­ron­ment, will­ing­ness to share knowl­edge with prac­ti­tion­ers and with the next gen­er­a­tion of clin­i­cal researchers, and com­pas­sion for the indi­vid­u­als we are try­ing to help are the essen­tial val­ues of a clin­i­cal research center.

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