​The unit was established in 1992 and acted as a WHO Mental Health Collaborating Centre from 1995 to 2003.​

Main areas of research and expertise:
  • Clinimetrics* 
  • Affective disorders
  • Stress
  • Quality of life
  • Recovery
*Clinimetrics: international instruments of evaluation in the treatment of mental and physical disorders. Rating scales and questionnaires as diagnostic tools