Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry Research

The Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine is advancing research to uncover brain and behavioral disorder mechanisms and introduce new treatments. The department is continually making new discoveries in psychiatric and psychological disorders, including child and adolescent disorders; schizophrenia and psychotic disorders; alcohol and substance use disorders; and mood and anxiety disorders.

In collaboration with researchers at the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, the Department of Psychiatry is committed to the improvement of precision medicine in psychiatry through the development and improvement of diagnostics and therapies for psychiatric and related disorders. In addition, subject-matter experts conduct novel behavioral and lifestyle interventions for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive aging.

Using state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced brain imaging, genetic microarrays, stem cell preparations and animal knock out models, psychiatry faculty are advancing biomedical discoveries.

Psychiatry Research Areas

By using state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced brain imaging, genetic microarrays, stem cell preparations and animal knock out models, the Department of Psychiatry is advancing biomedical discoveries.

Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Psychiatry has an active program of research in the neuropsychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In collaboration with faculty from the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and radiology and imaging sciences as well as the Indiana Center for Neuroimaging, Department of Psychiatry faculty are studying the neurobiology of traumatic brain injury and the role it plays in contributing to psychiatric disorders.

Child and Adolescent Disorders

Child and Adolescent Disorders

Researchers are investigating disorders such as Autism-Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, addictions, mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and language and learning disorders.
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

Investigators are developing and testing novel interventions and rehabilitative services to enhance recover and psychosocial functioning through studies of meta-cognition in adults with severe mental illness.
Alcohol Substance Use Disorders

Alcohol Substance Use Disorders

Studies are aimed at determining brain mechanisms involved in alcohol and nicotine abuse and their co-abuse during adulthood as well as the long-term consequences of their use and co-use during adolescence.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Department laboratories have developed complex models of anxiety disorders and have identified critical brain proteins that are involved in the mediation of behavioral responses to stress.
Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

In collaboration with the VA Medical Center, the Department of Psychiatry and other departments are focused on developing better diagnostics and therapeutics for psychiatric and related disorders.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Cognitive Aging

Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Cognitive Aging

Investigators within the department are conducting novel behavioral and lifestyle interventions to improve brain health in older adults with memory complaints.