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Psychiatry Research

Providing research, support, guidance and resources to all department faculty engaged in psychiatric and interdisciplinary research, the Psychiatry Research Centers’ research initiatives encompass a variety of specialties, including maternal and child mental health, serious mental illnesses, veterans’ health and PTSD, addictions, Alzheimer’s disease and refugee health. Through research, advances and deepened understanding of psychiatric illnesses in order to foster the development of more effective prevention, diagnostic, and treatment strategies for a wide range of mental health disorders is gained. Research is also strongly influenced by BMC’s diverse patient population, of which 59 percent are from underserved populations and 31 percent do not speak English as a primary language. Researchers explore the intersections of culture and mental health to ensure that BMC is able to provide effective and accessible care to the global patient population. Please visit Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities for more information about BMCs’ global work.

Please visit the Boston University School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry website for detailed information about all of the research programs available:

Are you a BMC patient who is interested in getting involved in research? Learn about the PROVEn Registry

The PROVEn Registry (Psychiatric Research Opportunities for Volunteer Enrollment) is a registry of individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions who have expressed interest in taking part in research activities at the Boston Medical Center. The PROVEn was created as a mechanism to ensure that patients have access to research participation opportunities and to support the researchers’ ability to identify individuals who may be interested in enrolling in their research initiatives. PROVEn registry participants complete a brief questionnaire about basic health and mental health information that researchers use to identify those individuals who may be eligible for, and interested in, participating in studies.

For more information about the PROVEn registry, please email research coordinator Nellie Shippen or call (617) 414-1987.