The Department of Psychiatry is committed to improving our understanding of disease, enhancing treatment options, and working to prevent mental illnesses.

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Current topics of interest in research in the Department of Psychiatry include:

  • Adult psychiatry including mood disorders, suicide, delirium, genetic mechanisms and health services
  • Child psychiatry including autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, assessment, neuropsychological functioning and genetic mechanisms
  • Behavioral neuroimaging (the neuroimaging biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders like autism, eating disorders and substance abuse)
  • Molecular neuropharmacology (the molecular mechanisms involved in activation and regulation of receptors for neurotransmitters)
  • Sleep disorders including the epidemiology of sleep and sleep disorders; neuro-endocrine, hormonal, metabolic and epigenetic mechanisms of sleep disorders; and the assessment of pharmacologic and cognitive behavioral treatment
  • Substance abuse, through a multidisciplinary paradigm assessing and guiding addiction treatment

Edward O. Bixler, PhD, is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry.

Read more about Dr. Bixler here.

Daniel Waschbusch, PhD, is Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry.

Read more about Dr. Waschbusch here.

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To speak to someone about psychiatry research, please call 717-531-8517.