Psychiatry

Significant Accomplishments

Improving Our Understanding of Aggression in Children

Drew Barzman, MD, has created a unique database of more than 3,000 individuals to conduct studies of pediatric aggression. Recent studies have explored the relationship of fMRI and salivary biomarkers with aggressive behavior and are evaluating the utilization of such measures to assist in predicting aggressive acts.

Fragile X Center Studies New Treatments

Craig Erickson, MD, established our Fragile X Research and Treatment Center in in 2012 and has started several translational research projects. Erickson is using a four-year, $1 million grant from The John Merck Fund to conduct a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of acamprosate in youth with Fragile X.  Our Center also has received three other industry contracts to study novel investigational drugs in youth and adults with Fragile X Syndrome.

The Fragile X Center also has started a translational treatment mouse research program under the direction of Tori Schaefer, PhD. She is using a grant from the FRAXA Research Foundation to study of a novel modulator of GABA neurotransmission in Fragile X knockout mice.

The Fragile X Center also has begun collaborating with the National Fragile X Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention on a longitudinal behavior tracking study.

Expanding the Continuum of Care

In 2012, we opened a partial psychiatric hospitalization program at our new Green Township campus to help meet the growing need for pediatric and adolescent psychiatric care in our region.

The new program offers five to 10 days of intensive management provided by physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists, while allowing patients to continue residing at home. Frequent areas of treatment focus include depression, self-injury, school refusal, anxiety, and disruptive behavior.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Pichler family, our Green Township program brings our partial hospitalization capacity to about 4,000 patient days per year. Overall, increased utilization of advanced practice nurses, psychiatric social workers, and clinical counselors have increased our outpatient visits to more than 29,000 in the past fiscal year.