Research

Research for a changing world

Exploring new theories and processes are an integral part of graduate education, especially in the sciences. Our students participate in groundbreaking research with faculty members seeking to broaden our understanding of the mind and how it works.

  • The VCU psychiatry department has overseen more than 100 clinical trials in innovative treatments for depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and children's mental disorders. We were one of the sites for the Sequenced Alternatives to Treat Depression (STAR*D) Project, the largest depression trial ever funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Our international connections include projects like genetic research in the People’s Republic of China; cooperative studies in Finland with researchers in Oxford, England; and strategic partnerships with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.
  • VCU actively pursues private, corporate, foundation and government funding to support our research. Recent awards include nearly $4 million from the NIH and the Virginia Foundation on Healthy Youth to study adolescent mental health care in urban environments through the Center for Child and Family Studies.
  • We encourage new thinking, such as the first academic Human-Animal Bond program in United States. Established in 2001, the Center for Human-Animal Interaction  promotes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research, clinical practice, and educational activities related to the human-animal relationship.