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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