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Be a Mental Health Thought Leader




Improving the health and quality of life of humans and animals is the goal of Boehringer Ingelheim. Family-owned since its foundation in 1885, the research-driven pharmaceutical company has a rich pipeline in all phases of development, including mental health. Boehringer Ingelheim and the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness share a mutual interest in identifying neuroscience-based behavior and imaging markers to guide the development of targeted therapies for major mental illnesses and subtypes for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. By advancing new and innovative approaches and technologies to inform treatment development, we share the goal of redefining mental health to enable people to thrive.

Click here to read Bringing Precision to Psychiatry by Dr. Hugh Marston and Dr. Vikas Mohan Sharma to learn what precision psychiatry entails and how it can enable people living with mental health conditions to thrive. 

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The vision of the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness (PMHW) is to reimagine mental health. Our mission is to link variations in individual brain function to mental health outcomes, forging a new roadmap for personalized medicine in mental health. We focus first on depression because it is the leading cause of disability worldwide and because we are equipped to tackle it.  Our studies focus on innovative ways to integrate data and technology to more precisely detect the multiple ways that depression can arise in each individual.  We have developed a new system for detecting different biotypes of depression.  Data and technology are further integrated with novel therapeutics to match biotypes to treatments and, ultimately, to preventions and platforms for promoting wellness. The findings from the Center form a foundation for expanding beyond depression in the future.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the estimated cost to the global economy is US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity and talent. The disability due to depression all too often impacts our students and young workforce and can have long lasting effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression interferes with the ability to complete job tasks about 20% of the time and reduces cognitive performance by about 35%. Indeed, as highlighted by the WHO,  for every US$ 1 invested to scale up treatment for mental health, companies see a return of US$ 4 from improved health and productivity.  

We are committed to expediting the transfer of knowledge from academia to the broader society. By bringing together academic experts, business leaders and policy makers, we ensure that the Center’s work is relevant, timely and responsive to the urgent realities of the current crisis of mental health. We recognize corporate thought leaders are placing a priority on a new way  to promote mental health and wellness in the workforce. Through the development of the PMHW Corporate Members Program, we aim to engage with organizations and corporate leaders across the United States and the world.  Members share in the Center outcomes with a mutual goal to improve mental health and wellness in addition to connecting and building relationships with Stanford faculty. The Corporate Members Program supports the Center’s mission to reimagine mental health based on cutting edge insights from data, technology, and therapeutics. 
For more information, see Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates.
Stanford Faculty:
Dr. Leanne Williams, Faculty Director
Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer, Faculty Member
Dr. Gregory Sahlem, Associate Director of Clinical Applications

Dr. Neir Eshel, Associate Director of Translational Neuroscience


Mental health in the workplace: The coming revolution, by Jeffrey Pfeffer, PhD & Leanne M. Williams, PhD


The Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness Corporate Members Program is governed by the Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs. The site presentations and all information, data and results arising from such visitation interactions will be shared with all members and the public.


Members are able to join through the following options, with detailed benefits below*:

Introductory Member Level - $20,000
Affiliate Member Level - $50,000
Associate Member Level - $150,000
Core Member Level - $250,000
Founding Member Level - $300,000

* Can upgrade tier at any time.

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Receive acknowledgment regularly for your support in Center publications, websites, presentations, and reports.


Annual Corporate Members Symposium - Attendance

Participate in an annual corporate members symposium with opportunities for interactive sessions on the Center’s leading-edge research program with a focus on corporate membership collaboration outcomes.

         Introductory Membership Level includes invitations to send 5 individuals for in-person attendance 
         Affiliate Membership Level includes invitations to send 10 individuals for in-person attendance 
         Associate, Core and Founding Membership Levels include  an open invitation to send individuals             for in-person attendance


Annual Corporate Members Symposium - Poster Presentation and/or Booth

Invitation to submit up to 5 poster abstracts and/or 1 booth to be presented at the Annual Corporate Members Symposium


Specialized Events

Participate in biannual Center workshops focused on corporate members' specific topics.


Access to regular communications designed to share educational materials and Center updates.


Facilitated Engagement with Research

Facilitated engagement with Center faculty and researchers involved in Center research activities. 


Facilities Tour

Guided tour of imaging facilities and insight into brain imaging.


Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace

Engagement with PMHW leadership, Drs. Leanne Williams and Jeffrey Pfeffer,  involving discussions on various types and the benefits of mental health and wellness work program in the workplace.

Precision Psychiatry & Therapeutics

Engagement with PMHW leadership, Dr. Leanne Williams, and precision psychiatry faculty,  involving discussions on precision medicine approaches for therapeutics in multiple settings.

$300-500K PMHW Wallet which can be used towards Research Tokens. Members may choose to use Research Tokens to support a particular area of program research. All research results arising from the use of the Research Tokens will be shared with all program members and the general public. Affiliate Program members may request the additional funding be used to support a particular area of program research identified on the program’s website, or the program research of a named faculty member, as long as the faculty is identified on the program website as participating in the Affiliate Program. In either instance, the director of the Affiliate Program will determine how the additional funding will be used in the program’s research.


If your company is interested in becoming a corporate member, email Hosna Omarzad at

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