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Past Featured Research Labs


May 2019 Featured Research Lab

Smoller Laboratory
 

mgh-logo-psychiatry-2x.pngThe Smoller Laboratory works to understand the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders in order to improve diagnosis and treatment. It is part of the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mission

The mission of the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) at Massachusetts General Hospital is to identify and characterize the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.

ADAA Members Involved

  • Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is the associate chief for research for the Mass General Department of Psychiatry and director of psychiatric genetics. He is director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in Mass General's Center for Human Genetics Research. Dr. Smoller also serves as co-director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the Mass General Clinical Research Program, is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and a Senior Scientist at the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.
     
  • Karmel Choi, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She is mentored by Dr. Jordan Smoller and Dr. Karestan Koenen through the T32 Training Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the interplay of genetic and environmental factors that influence trauma and resilience across the lifespan. Her clinical work focuses on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and stress-related health conditions, particularly in women. Dr. Karmel completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her predoctoral clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine at Mass General.

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Lab Members

Post-Docs

  • Chia-Yen Chen, ScD
  • Karmel Choi, PhD, Clinical and Research Fellow
  • Yen-Chen (Anne) Feng, PhD
  • Robert Mealer, MD, PhD, Psychiatry Resident
  • Randi Schuster, PhD, Clinical and Research Fellow
  • Amanda Zheutlin, PhD, Research Fellow

Graduate Students

  • Yen-Feng Lin, MD, MS, MHS
  • Meg Ming-Jung Wang, MSc
  • Vicki Wang
  • Qiu-Yue Zhong

Collaborators 

  • Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute
  • Psychiatric Genomics Consortium
  • Nock Lab, Harvard University
  • Predictive Medicine Group, Children’s Hospital Informatics Program
  • PsycheMERGE Consortium

For more information about this lab, please contact Kristin Joyce: KJOYCE@PARTNERS.ORG


 

February 2019 Featured Lab

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL


Logo.jpgAbout the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center

One area of major research focus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center is the exploration of etiologic factors, impact and treatment of trauma. The Road Home Program, the Center for Veteransand their Families at Rush examines novel treatments for PTSD that aim to improve therapeutic outcomes. Research in the Road Home Program also focuses on identifying psychological factors such as military sexual trauma or moral injury and biological factors that may impact treatment response among veterans. Investigators in the Section of Population Behavioral Health work to study and  prevent sexual exploitation and its consequences for homeless racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth. 

Mission

Their goals include:

  1. Targeting homeless youth who are most at risk for continued exploitation,
  2. focusing on strengthening family functioning, which is an important part of successful interventions for homeless youth, and
  3. tailoring the approach to those who are most likely to be sexually exploited (racial/ethnic and/or sexual/gender minorities).

Research in Population Behavioral Health also focuses on mental health outcomes among homeless youth. Including projects (a) exploring the etiology of emotion dysregulation among unstably housed youth and (b) novel ways of utilizing technology-based interventions to provide mental health resources to homeless youth. We are specifically interested in modeling how exposure to early life trauma disproportionately places homeless youth at risk for emotion dysregulation (measured via behavioral and physiological indices), which in turn increases their impulsivity and reactivity, and ultimately perpetuates the cycle of homelessness. Through our research on employing technology-based interventions in this population, we provide homeless youth with cell phones which come pre-loaded with mental health and crisis support apps. Preliminary data suggest that youth rate the apps favorably, particularly those that provide mental health tips and allow them to reflect on their own mental health each day through quick “check-in” surveys. Our preliminary data suggest that a technology-based platform may effectively help youth access mental health resources during episodes of homelessness. Research in the Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health at Rush focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related distress during pregnancy and the perinatal period, as well as addressing the effects of trauma on perinatal mental health disparities affecting underserved patient populations.

ADAA Members Involved

Mark H. Pollack, MD is the Grainger Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of clinical and research interest include the acute and long-term course, pathophysiology and treatment of the anxiety disorders,  development of novel pharmacologic agents for mood and anxiety disorders, uses of combined cognitive-behavioral and pharmacologic therapies for treatment refractory patients.  He is a past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and a past Chairman of ADAA's Scientific Advisory Board. 

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Lab Members

The Road Home Program for Veterans and their Families

  • Philip Held, Ph.D.
  • Randy Boley, B.A.
  • Karyna Bravo, B.S.
  • Hasan Mustafic, B.A.
  • Jenna Bagley, B.S., B.A.
  • Victoria Steigerwald, B.A., B.M.
  • Angela Glover, B.A.
  • Vanessa Tirone, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Van Horn, M.D., M.A.
  • Michael Brennan, Psy.D.
  • Mark H Pollack, MD

Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health

  • Natalie Stevens, PhD
  • Mervat Sha’ini, MD
  • Nicole Heath, PhD
  • Michelle Miller, PhD
  • Teresa Lillis, PhD

Section on Population Behavioral Health

  • Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD
  • Dawn Bounds PhD, PMHNP-BC
  • Dominika A. Winiarski, PhD

Collaborators

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Emory University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Cohen Veterans Bioscience
  • University of British Columbia
  • Minnesota Children’s Hospital
  • Sparrow Mobile
  • Teen Living Program​
  • The Night Ministry

Recent Research Articles

For more information about this lab, please contact Mark H. Pollack.


 

January 2019 Featured Lab 

Chicago Lab of Emotion and Risk (CLEAR Lab) - Chicago, IL


NU lab logo.JPGAbout Chicago Lab of Emotion and Risk (CLEAR Lab)

The Chicago Lab of Emotion and Physiology was founded in 2005 by Stewart Shankman at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Beginning in March of this year, the lab will move to the psychiatry department within Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as the newly named CLEAR Lab (Chicago Lab of Emotion and Risk). 

Mission

The CLEAR lab conducts multi-method research focusing on the neurophysiological markers of mood and anxiety disorders as well as the relationship between internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies. Our work examines mechanisms (e.g., threat and reward processing) that underlie and differentiate anxiety and depressive disorders with a focus on factors that confer vulnerability for psychopathology. 

ADAA Members Involved

Stewart Shankman, PhD is the Director and Principal Investigator of the CLEAR lab. Dr. Shankman is the PI on multiple federally-funded research grants, mentors a small group of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with researchers from different specialty areas. 

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Lab Members

  • Vivian Carrillo
  • Kelly Correa, MA
  • Carter Funkhouser, MA
  • Ari Kaiser 
  • David Klemballa 
  • Elyse Shenberger

List of Collaborators

  • Columbia University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Houston
  • McGill University
  • Oregon Research Institute

Recent Research Articles

For more information about this lab please contact: Stewart Shankman, PhD: stew.shankman@northwestern.edu


 

December 2018 Featured Lab 

Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments (PRIDE) - Boston, MA


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In 2014, Community Psychiatry PRIDE was founded by the Division of Public and Community Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital by Drs. Jerrold Rosenbaum, Derri Shtasel and Luana Marques.

Mission

To reduce the disproportionate mental health burden in under-served, resource-constricted communities.

ADAA Members Involved

Luana Marques, PhD is the Director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE. She is the PI of all Community Psychiatry PRIDE projects, establishes and maintains community and academic collaborations, and mentors all junior faculty and research support staff. Dr. Marques is currently ADAA's President-Elect. 

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Lab Members

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  • Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry
  • Soo Jeong Youn, PhD, Clinical Fellow
  • Kaylie Patrick, MPH, Program Manager
  • Yesenia Aguilar Silvan, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Anna Bartuska, BS/BA, Clinical Research Coordinator

List of Collaborators

  • MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center 
  • MGH Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program (CATSD) 
  • MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI) 
  • Lynn Community Health Center 
  • Roca, Inc. 
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program 
  • Fidelity, Adaptation, Sustainability, and Training Lab at The National Center for PTSD and Stanford Medicine 
  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Boston VA Medical Center
  • Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD)  
  • Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)

Recent Research Articles

For more information about this lab please contact: Luana Marques, PhD: lmarques@mgh.harvard.edu