Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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         Dr. Scott Kollins                 Dr. Edward Suarez

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is actively involved in three major areas of research:

  1. The understanding of the biological, social and behavioral mechanisms of psychiatric disorders
  2. The role of behavior and the central nervous system in somatic disease,
  3. Clinical trials aimed at the design and implementation of new therapies for psychiatric disorders as well as for diseases mediated by the central nervous system and behavior.


Investigators in the Department are actively involved in both clinical and basic research studies in all three areas of investigation. The following major topics are currently being addressed by department investigators:

Behavioral Medicine
Biological-Adult Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
Child Psychiatry and Psychology
Schizophrenia Research
Epidemiology and Health Services
Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology
Nictotine Research
Addictions Research
Sleep Disorders

Vice Chair for Research Administration

Dr. Edward Suarez

Vice Chair for Research Strategy and Development

Dr. Scott Kollins