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Research

All fellows are encouraged, but not required, to participate in research. Fellows participate in regular department of psychiatry grand rounds and journal clubs where they will review major studies relevant to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville department of psychiatry offers a biweekly psychiatry research and writing workshop for residents and fellows to build skills in designing studies, interpreting data and presenting findings. Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills in manuscript preparation and poster presentations at regional and national conferences.

Many of the faculty members in the department of psychiatry are actively involved in various types of child and adolescent mental health research studies. Current clinical trials include:

  • Abilify® prelapse: A cluster randomized, multi-center, parallel-group, rater-blind study comparing treatment with Aripiprazole once monthly and treatment as usual on effectiveness in first episode and early phase illness in schizophrenia.
  • Enlighten: A study to evaluate the effect of ALKS 3831 compared to Olanzapine on body weight in young adults with schizophrenia, schizophreniform or bipolar I disorder who are early in their illness.
  • BI 1289-0032: A phase II randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of orally administered BI 409306 during a 52-week treatment period as an early intervention in patients with attenuated psychosis syndrome.

In addition to clinical trials, our department is heavily involved with research and programs to integrate child mental health in primary care through the Collaborative Care Initiative. All second-year fellows will provide clinical and educational services for the CCI during their 12-month collaborative care rotation. In addition, all fellows are invited to participate in CCI educational and research programs. Current studies include:

  • Training Pediatricians to Identify and Manage Adolescent Depression and PTSD Following the Parkland School Shooting
  • Parental Depressive Symptoms are Associated with Early Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Impact of Experiential Training with Standardized Patients on Screening and Diagnosis of Adolescent Depression in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Child Anxiety Screening and Treatment in Pediatric Primary Care: Impact of Specialized Provider Training

Our faculty members also have a number of ongoing projects in mental health services research and translational research which include:

  • Socioeconomic Status, Ethnicity and Pathways to Accessing Child Mental Health Services
  • Implementing a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Community System of Care
  • Resilience in Parents and Children with Inherited Retinal Dystrophies

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