Current Studies

Research is an important part of our department, and we specialize in innovative, transdisciplinary work. We have several ongoing studies. We invite you to read about some of our ongoing studies below and to contact our research staff for more information. All research studies are completely voluntary.

Depression-related Studies

Major Depression Disorder in Adolescents
Status:  Open for participation

Research Contact Person: Martha Barron | tel: (520) 626-7325 or email
Principal Investigator:  Karen Weihs, MD
The purpose of this study is to evaluate Levomilnacipran ER relative to placebo.  The eligibility criteria are for adolescents between 12-17 years of age, inclusive, diagnosed with major depressive disorder.  The duration of the study is 9 weeks. For additional infomation and exclusion criteria, please contact Martha Barron at (520) 626-7325.

Psychosis and Schizophrenia-related Studies

EPICENTER: Early Psychosis Intervention Center Studies
Status: Open for participation

Research Contact: (520) 694-1784
Sponsors: Institute for Mental Health Research and Yale University
Principal Investigator: Emily Bell, PhD


EPICENTER aims to reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation and reintegration back into the community. At EPICENTER, people have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, get practical support and participate in research studies. Individuals ages 15-35 who are early in the course of a psychotic illness and are willing to travel to EPICENTER for clinical services are eligible to participate. Additionally, family members may have the opportunity to participate in the family education and support program. Studies are recruiting eligible participants. For more information, click here.

Other Studies

Typical Daily Experiences, Ischemia and Repolarization in Coronary Artery Disease
Status: Open for participation

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Richard Lane, MD, PhD
This study examines the role of every day experiences as they relate to coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the most common setting in which sudden cardiac death (SCD) occurs. SCD is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Resident Knowledge of Social Concepts

Status: Open for participation

Principal Investigator: Aimee Kaempf, MD
The purpose of this study is to assess family medicine and psychiatry residents’ knowledge of social concepts commonly encountered in clinical practice. We hypothesize that there are significant gaps in residents’ understanding of key social concepts in areas relating to disability insurance, healthcare, financial needs and the legal system. We hope that by identifying deficits and/or strengths in residents’ social knowledge, we can advance resident training in these areas and thereby improve patient care. As such, we hope to provide generalizable results and data that can be utilized across all residency programs in the future.