The research section of the psychiatry department continues to expand the collaborations
within the State of Georgia in:
AmericanWork, Inc.: Augusta, Savannah, Albany, Columbus, and Taccoa
Highland Rivers Centers: Dalton and Rome
Serenity Behavioral Health Systems
East Central Regional Hospital
Homeless Shelters: Garden City Rescue Mission, Augusta Salvation Army, Augusta Rescue Mission, Mercy
Ministries, and Head of the Giant Ministry
The Department has multiple competitively funded projects in the area of psychotic
Amy House, PhD
Psychological flexibility as it relates to change processes in psychotherapy.
Predictors of change in DBT skills group participants.
Predictors of change in ACT group participants.
Brian Miller, MD, PhD, MPH
Immunologic dysfunction in schizophrenia, including inflammation and cytokines.
Infections in acute psychosis.
Clinical trials of adjunctive immunotherapy in schizophrenia.
Insomnia and suicidal ideation in schizophrenia.
Joseph McEvoy, MD
Biology and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI).
Severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder).
Pharmacological treatment of SMI.
General health maintenance among patients with SMI.
Anilkumar Pillai, MD
Neurotrophins in schizophrenia.
BDNF signaling in depression.
Gender differences in autism spectrum disorder.
Maternal stress and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Lara M. Stepleman, PhD., Professor; Co-Director of the Educational Innovation Institute
Health disparities in marginalized populations including LGBTQ, HIV-positive, and
African American individuals, especially women.
Quality of life for individuals and their care partners affected by one or more chronic
medical illnesses (HIV and Multiple Sclerosis, in particular).
Interprofessional health professions training in sexual health across the learner
Integrated behavioral health services.
Nagy Youssef, MD
Primary disorders/areas studied: Mood disorders (including major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and suicide
prevention).Trauma, PTSD, and resilience against trauma and psychopathology.
Primary treatment modalities or tools for the mechanistic understanding of pathophysiology: Brain stimulation modalities, especially ECT and novel forms of seizure therapy. Genomics, including epigenetics.