Innovative research programs are integral to the department’s continued success, as they further our understanding regarding the etiology and treatment of psychiatric illnesses. In addition to our historical strength in psychosocial research with mental illness and addictions, the department has substantially increased research activity in biological bases of behavior and psychopathology. Much of the research is interdisciplinary, encompassing psychiatrists and psychologists within the department, as well as collaborations with pediatricians, primary care physicians, neuroscientists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, educators, epidemiologists and economists outside the department. This research is highly disease-focused and translational, so that even the more basic research efforts are closely tied to clinical issues and patient care. Advances in our knowledge regarding psychiatric illness during recent years are dramatic and real. The DPHB’s commitment to research helps bring these advances to patients.

The DPHB has a broad research portfolio. Current research projects include studies in:

  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's Disease & other dementias
  • Anxiety
  • Addictive Disorders
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Caregiver Burden in Disease
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Combined Psychosocial & Pharmicological Treatment
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Disease Management
  • Executive Function and Working Memory
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Family Functioning/Therapy
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Frontal Lobe Function
  • Gambling
  • HIV/At risk behaviors
  • Mental Health Care Delivery
  • Mental Health Services Outcome
  • Memory
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neural Development
  • Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders
  • Neurocircutry of Major Psychiatric Disorders (Affective, OCD, Dementia)
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging)
  • Neuropsychiatry/Non-Epileptic Seizures
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Perinatal Risk Factors
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychiatric Assessment/Screening
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Pharmacotherapy Mechanisms
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Attentional Mechanisms
  • Psychiatric Molecular Genetics
  • Psychoneuroendrocirnology
  • Psychiatric Treatment Outcome
  • Sleep
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Women's Health

Funding for these studies is provided in recognition of our faculty’s research excellence, as they are consistently awarded federal grants, non-federal grants, and clinical trials. In 2004, the Association of American Medical Colleges ranked the Brown DPHB as one of the top five of schools receiving substantial grant funding for psychiatry research.

Click on the navigation link to the left to search a comprehensive list of the DPHB federal grants. This list can be searched by topic, principal investigator name, or institution administering the grant.