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Research Divisions


The Department of Psychiatry’s externally funded research portfolio currently exceeds $18 million and is growing rapidly. Together, these centers represent one of the most comprehensive programs of research on psychotic disorders in the world. Our mission includes advancing and focusing on the following:

  • basic histologic and neurochemical studies of brain tissue
  • animal models for the substrates of psychosis
  • genomics and proteomics
  • clinical trials of experimental therapeutic agents
  • behavioral treatments for substance abuse and disability among patients with psychosis
  • studies of the impacts of psychosis on the health behaviors of patients
  • experimental studies of community interventions to improve patient functioning (assertive community treatment, supportive employment)
  • healthcare policy studies

Research Programs

The Department’s main research programs are listed below. 

Brain Science Research Consortium Unit (BSRCU)

The Brain Science Research Consortium Unit (BSRCU) was formed with the express intent to improve alignment of big brain research among the basic and clinical Departments, and to remove the organizational silos to leverage cross collaborative neuroscience with core, common themes.

To learn more, visit Brain Science Research Consortium Unit (BSRCU)

Clinical Neurobehavioral Center (CNC)

To conduct research that combines neuroscientific, behavioral-pharmacological, and clinical-psychological methods into an integrated program of human laboratory and clinical outpatient research and treatment studies, which are designed to identify new medications to treat subpopulations of drug-addicted individuals.

To learn more, visit Clinical Neurobehavioral Center (CNC)

Division of Psychiatric Services Research (DPSR)

To conduct research and translational activities focusing on mental health services, interventions, and policies.

To learn more, visit Division of Psychiatric Services Research (DPSR)

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)

To provide treatment to patients with schizophrenia and related disorders, educate professionals and consumers about schizophrenia, and conduct basic and translational research into the manifestations, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia.

To learn more, visit Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)


To develop and test psychosocial interventions for individuals with mental health disorders, with a particular emphasis on treatments for individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring somatic, health, social, and neurocognitive deficits.

To learn more, visit Division of Psychology

The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling

To promote healthy and informed choices regarding gambling and problem gambling by providing a free and confidential 24-hour helpline, educating the community about the risks of gambling and gambling addiction through public awareness, training counselors and specialists, and more.

To learn more, visit The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling

Translational and Basic Laboratories

To bring together clinician scientists and basic scientists who share a common interest in translational neuroscience research to improve the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.

To learn more, visit Translational Research Laboratories