Electives in Psychiatry Research

Biomarkers in Psychosis and Biotypes

Working in Carol Tamminga’s research group, residents will learn how to examine brain activity using biomarkers and to perform and analyze one of the biomarkers in detail. In addition, residents will analyze some aspect of a large data set which includes clinical characterization data, using multiple biomarkers and genetic analyses to adjust categorization in psychotic illness.

Eating Disorder Family Therapy and Research

The resident will join the Adult Eating Disorder Program at Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas where PGY-3 residents will follow one to two patients at a time throughout their rotation, and attend therapeutic activities with the patients (meals, art therapy, education, and multi-family group therapy). The resident will lead a case conference for the clinical team during their rotation, focusing on exploring an interest related to their patients.

Community Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Potential projects include work on a variety of data sets already established in Carol North’s studies of homeless populations, disaster survivors, psychoeducation participants, and other projects. The resident will participate in various aspects of research on these projects, and Dr. North will personally work with him/her on all the necessary skills to analyze and interpret data and write results for publishable manuscripts, with prominent authorship opportunities for the trainee.

Psychoendocrinology Research

Residents have the opportunity to work in Sherwood Brown’s research group studying dual diagnoses (i.e., depression or bipolar disorders concurrent with medical illness or substance abuse) and the effects of corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone) on mood and memory.

Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic

Led by Robin Jarrett, Ph.D., the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic studies psychosocial causes and interventions for depression. Current emphases include cognitive behavioral therapies, interventions for pregnant women, and prevention of depression. The resident may assist in recruiting, evaluating, and monitoring symptoms of women who are pregnant or attempting to conceive and who are also at risk for major depression due to a previous episode. Participation will result in a related scholarly product (e.g., review of literature or short case report).