About the Program

The Baker Institute’s Neuro-Policy Program is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing brain health challenges and advancing economic opportunity. As a nascent yet rapidly evolving discipline, the Neuro-Policy Program at the Baker Institute is at the forefront of pioneering data analysis, empirical research, and policy application.

Neuro-Policy is an interdisciplinary framework that uses measures of brain function and health along with social determinants to evaluate economic outcomes. The escalating burden of neurodegenerative and mental health disorders — including depression, anxiety, brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease — has taken a staggering toll on both individual well-being and the overall U.S. economy. The Neuro-Policy Program invests in evidence-based strategies to reduce mental health disparities, optimize cognitive development and performance, and foster innovation to build more resilient communities.

The Baker Institute’s Neuro-Policy Program aims to provide a roadmap for policymakers and key stakeholders in neuroscience, industry, and philanthropy to support positive mental health outcomes while bolstering economic growth. Through data-driven research and policy discourse, the initiative aims to position Texas as a leader in advancing the brain health and well-being of its citizens.

For more information: 
Kaitlin May 
Program Manager 
Center for Health and Biosciences

Phone: (713) 348-4683 
E-mail: kaitlin.may@rice.edu

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