Research Programs 

The Department has several on-going  and collaborative research projects that aim to reduce mental health disparities for diverse populations and underserved communities. It is a priority to seek public and private sources of grant funding for future investigations. Research activities have included the following:

Research Development Committee

Strategies to bolster research infrastructure and activities within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have been led by efforts of the Research Development Committee (RDC). Dr. Kisha Holden serves as the Director of Research Development and Scholarship for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and as Chair of this committee. The committee is comprised of Dr. Gilberte Bastien, Dr. Melonie Bell-Hill, Dr. Farzana Bharmal, Dr. Marietta Collins, Dr. John Gaston, Dr. Shawn Garrison, Dr. Rhonda Holliday, Dr. Sheril Kalarithara and Dr. Christopher Villongco. These professionals convene on a bi-monthly basis and delineate approaches to enhance research within the department.

Research Proposal and Grant Submission Guide

The RDC developed and distributed a research proposal and grant submission guide to faculty and residents in the department. This document was intended to provide professionals with information to support the development of research grant applications for public and private resources. Specifically, the following topics were covered in the guide: (1) identifying research grant opportunities, (2) selecting research grants to pursue, (3) planning research grant application, (4) development and submission of research grant applications, and (5) resources to support the development of research grants.

Annual Dewitt C. Alfred, Jr., MD Behavioral Health Research Symposium

Our department conducts an annual Dr. Dewitt C. Alfred, Jr. Behavioral Health Research Symposium. It is an event to honor the founding chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The symposium allows residents and students to present current research activities.

Health Disparities Research Seminar Series

The Health Disparities Research Seminar Series is a regularly scheduled opportunity for intellectual discourse among MSM’s multi-disciplinary faculty, students, residents, and fellows. Presentations will be provided by professionals regarding a myriad of health, mental health, and public health research topics that are relevant to diverse populations. We will strive to delineate better understanding about psychosocial, socio-cultural, and environmental issues that contribute to health disparities; and identify innovative and emerging models that may be useful for improving the well-being of communities. The seminar series is jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, the Master of Public Health program, and National Center for Primary Care. In recognition of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s 10 Year Anniversary, the seminar series was renamed the David Satcher, MD, PhD Health Equity Seminar Series.

Research Grants

Faculty members have secured several research grant funds from public and private sources. We have collaborative grant submissions and awards with SHLI, CVRI, NCPC, Neuroscience Institute, and other academic departments.

Concerning publications, faculty authors have been featured in various academic journals including the Journal of the National Medical Association, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, Health Promotion Practice, Psychiatric Annals, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychological Services and others.

Mentoring and Advising

Senior faculty research investigators have established a culture of support and provided guidance to junior faculty and residents concerning the development of mental health research. We intend to offer more structured activities on a monthly basis, including research writing workshops and training on a myriad of research related topics (i.e., using secondary data sets, grantsmanship, quantitative and qualitative data analyses etc.).