Research Studies

The UConn Health Department of Psychiatry has a large and diverse interdisciplinary research portfolio with multiple studies targeting different psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. Our nationally and internationally recognized research programs focus on treatment, prevention, and surveillance/epidemiology across a variety of diverse clinical and general population samples of children and families, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

Our annual research budget of over $10 million is derived from various federal and state agencies, industry, national and local foundations, philanthropy, and other sources. Our research programs include original investigations as well as training grants and career development awards. Department of Psychiatry investigators typically receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the Brain and Behavior Foundation, the CHDI (Cure Huntington's Disease Initiative) Foundation, and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and other State of Connecticut agencies.

Our faculty’s research interests span the gamut of emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders and their prevention and treatment. We have unique expertise and research programs related to adult and childhood trauma, alcohol and substance use disorders, mood and cognitive disorders in the elderly, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological/behavioral intervention clinical trials. Currently, we are engaged in studies related to:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Alcohol use disorders and related conditions
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Childhood anxiety
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression and other mood disorders in adults
  • Family conflict
  • Geriatric depression
  • HIV
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Post-partum disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorders

For Trainees and Students

Our research program is an integral part of our departmental activities and informs the treatment that we provide to our patients. We are also pleased that we involve medical and dental students, trainees (interns, residents, and clinical and research fellows), and other students (high school, undergraduates, and graduate students) in our research activities that are consistent with the trainee’s interests and skill set. If you are interested in learning how you might become involved in one or more of our research projects, please contact the faculty member leading each project (see descriptions of each project below).

For Those Interested in Participating in Research

Our currently active research studies are listed below. Some studies focus on novel treatments/clinical trials, while others do not involve treatment per se. As you read through the description of each study, you will find the name and contact information of a research assistant working on each study. If you are interested in participating in one or more of our research projects, please call the research assistant listed for the study.


Families with Children

Older Adults

Mood, Cognition, and Aging Research