Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

This website provides immediate access to research and training opportunities currently being offered in the Department of Psychiatry. Our faculty is committed towards sponsoring initiatives that foster development of research careers in Psychiatry.

Examples of recent research studies in the Department include:

  1. Molecular Biology
    • Genetic linkage studies in bipolar illness, the schizophrenias, Autism and Asperger's Disease
    • Cellular basis of bipolar illness
    • Inositol signaling system
  2. Electrophysiological-psychiatry
    • Cognitive event-related brain potentials in major depression and schizophrenia
    • Transmembrane potential of lymphocytes in bipolar illness
  3. Immuno-psychiatry
    • Stress and the immune system
    • Fibromyalgia syndrome and immune activation
    • Schizophrenia and central immune activation
  4. Brain imaging in psychiatry
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (volumetric)
    • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (neurochemistry)
    • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
    • Event-related electrophysiologic imaging in depression and schizophrenia
  5. Neurochemistry
    • Endogenous digoxin- or ouabain-like factors in mental illness
    • Neuroprotective factors in the central nervous system
  6. Animal models of psychiatric illness
    • Bipolar illness models in rodents
    • Autism models in rodents
  7. Child and Adolescent
    • Autism and Asperger's Disease (genetics, electrophysiology)
    • Nocturnal melatonin in childhood depression
  8. Outcome Studies
    • Pediatric Consultation-Liaison
    • Childhood autism
    • Attention Deficit Disorder
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Stress in health care professionals
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Chronic pain
    • Sexual abuse and its consequences
    • Psychosocial trauma victims
  9. Psychotherapy interventions
    • Computer assisted cognitive therapy
    • Therapist expertise in psychotherapy
  10. Pharmacotherapy
    • New generation agents in clinical trials: Anxiolytics, Antidepressants,
    Thymoleptics, Antipsychotics