Research

A research project

A striking feature of the department's research effort is that our residents publish at a prolific rate, perhaps inspired by the hundreds of papers the faculty regularly author.

Building on a rich tradition of incisive scholarship and research, faculty are currently involved in numerous and varied projects that range from infant studies to Alzheimer's disease, from neuroimaging (MRI, SPECT) of psychotic disorders to the study of the process and outcome of psychotherapy, and from the testing of neurotransmitter systems to Freudian hypotheses.

Other Topics

  • brief psychotherapy
  • health psychology
  • pharmacotherapy of substance abuse
  • efficacy of psychiatric drug treatments
  • Attention Deficit Disorder in children and adults
  • body image
  • sexual disorders
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • date rape
  • issues in consultation psychiatry
  • new psychiatric medications
  • ethical and moral considerations in psychiatric practice
  • tests of personality theories
Our chairman gives a resident some helpful advice

This broad range of faculty interests combined with a rich tradition of encouragement of and collaboration with residents has led to one of the highest rates of resident publications in the country.

Residents are continually exposed to research being carried on in the department and are encouraged to participate in or to complete projects of their own. Our training emphasizes critical thinking and provides residents with the tools necessary to evaluate and interpret psychiatric research.

Critical Examination

A seminar is conducted in which they critically examine research papers from the current literature and determine whether research design and procedures are adequate. Statistical analytic techniques are reviewed, and the transfer of research findings to clinical practice is emphasized.

Each resident is also required to complete a scholarly analysis of some important psychiatric issue, which can lead to a formal research project and published articles.