Innovative research programs are integral to the department’s continued success, as they further understanding of the etiology and treatment of psychiatric illnesses. In addition to the department's historical strength in psychosocial research with mental illness and addictions, DPHB 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.