Consistent with the Agency’s mission, North Suffolk supports and participates in research, and collaborates with other institutions with the goal of improving the quality of care we provide to the people we serve. North Suffolk staff strive to implement best practices and evidence-informed services whenever possible.

Research at North Suffolk includes sponsored projects, clinical trials, graduate-level inquiry, action research, and participation in evidence-based practice projects. We regularly partner with academic research institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dartmouth Medical School to study the impact of various intervention models on symptoms of mental illness.

North Suffolk reviews research proposals to assure consistency with highest standards for ethical conduct and the protection of research participants. Currently there are several projects being conducted by staff who have applied for and received local and federal funding, including a clinical trial being conducted by Paolo Cassano, M.D., Ph.D, at the Chelsea Counseling Center.

Sponsored Projects at the Freedom Trail Clinic

Throughout its history North Suffolk has maintained a close relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). North Suffolk sponsors the research program of Don Goff, M.D. and his colleagues in the MGH Schizophrenia Research Program at the Freedom Trail Clinic.
Dr. Goff has built a team with a growing international reputation for clinical research in schizophrenia. Fellow researchers at the Freedom Trail Clinic include Oliver Freudenrich, M.D., Dave Henderson, M.D., Eden Evins, M.D., Cori Cather, Ph.D, and others, who have all been prolific in obtaining research support for, then conducting and publishing studies in, the areas such as schizophrenia and mood disorders research, clinical trials of antipsychotic medication, and smoking cessation.

For more information about the partnership between MGH and North Suffolk or about current research projects, please contact the Freedom Trail Clinic at:

25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
TTY (617) 912-7897
Voice (617) 912-7800