Below, we’ve identified several primary areas relevant to the intersection of Effective Altruism and psychology across the categories of effective psychology and mental health. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to this list, please reach out.

Effective Psychology

Here are several EA-aligned learning resources centered on key research directions and doing good within the field.

Doing Good in Psychology

Research Directions

Further recommended learning resources (not necessarily EA-aligned)

  • EA Behavioral Science Newsletter – For behavioral researchers interested in effective altruism.
  • Sentience Institute Research Agenda – SI offers a variety of publications on long-term social and technological change, moral circle expansion, and non-human sentience.
  • QRI Research Publications – The Qualia Research Institute offers a variety of research on subjective experience, emotional valence, conscious experience, and well-being improvement technologies.
  • Psych Hub – A vast amount of educational media for providers, practitioners, allies, and the public.
  • Dr. Hammer’s Graduate School Guides – Psychology graduate school guides, professions career test, and YouTube channel that offer a wealth of information on identifying, applying for, and thriving in graduate programs.

Mental Health

These resources primarily focus on the global burden of mental health, the current direction of resources and funding, effective interventions, and other various resources relevant to EA and mental health.

General Mental Health Resources

  • Effective Altruism Forum: Mental Health and Psychology – Effective Altruism Forum’s directory and overview of ‘mental health’ and ‘psychology’ tagged posts.
  • Happier Lives Institute Recommended Reading List – Books and articles help you to deepen your understanding of what happiness is, how to measure it, what affects it, and what can be done to improve it.

Cause Area Reports

  • Global Priority Report: Mental Health (2021) – Happier Lives Institute investigates the global burden of mental illness. It sets out how big the problem is, how much spending it receives, and how those resources are allocated. It then focuses specifically on what can be done to reduce anxiety and depression in low-income countries.
  • Cause Profile: Mental Health (2018) – Michael Plant (HLI) examines the scale, neglectedness, and tractability of mental health as a cause area, as well as ways that those interested can help.
  • Mental Health Report Summary (2019) – Founders Pledge offers their key research findings on global mental health, including the high need in LMIC, a strong case for task-shifting, and a need for more evidence generation. (Note: this report is considered quite outdated.)

Mental Health Interventions

  • HLI Charity Recommendation Analysis – The Happier Lives Institute offers an in-depth analysis of StrongMinds as it compares to other highly acclaimed charities, arguing a strong case for the cost-effectiveness of the organization’s interventions.
  • A taxonomy of happiness interventions – Michael Plant offers an extensive list of happiness interventions.

Self-Help and Online Resources

Further recommended learning resources (not necessarily EA-aligned)

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