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The faculty in the Department of Psychiatry is conducting clinical and translational research in patients with mental illness as well as basic studies of human behavior and brain function.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry studies childhood disorders at the level of basic and translational science, with collaboration among clinicians and researchers.

The Mood Disorders Research Program studies the neural basis of depression and investigates the effectiveness of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments.

The Psychotic Disorders Research Program is interested in the neural mechanisms of schizophrenia and studies the mechanism and effectiveness of various pharmacological treatments.

The Vanderbilt Addiction Center brings together scientists and clinicians in an effort to study and treat patients with substance abuse.

The Center for Cognitive Medicine conducts research and clinical activities that focus on disorders of cognition (memory, thinking, and learning).  

The Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program is a new effort in our department to grow the number of investigators using state-of-the art imaging technology to better understand the neural mechanisms of mental illness.

The Basic Neuroscience laboratories are devoted to the study of several neuropsychiatric disorders,including Parkinson's Disease, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

The Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Vanderbilt University is dedicated to developing the research skills of any resident interested in an academic career.


Karoly Mirnics, M.D, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research

Department of Psychiatry  |  Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital  |  1601 23rd Ave. S.  |  Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 936-3555  |  Fax:  (615) 343-8400 (fax)

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