School of Medicine

Section of Clinical Psychology


Partnership with Clinical Investigators at New Orleans VA
The Section of Psychology has benefited from a strong working relationship with four gratis faculty members, Drs. Amanda Raines, Mary Shapiro, Jay Boffa and Claire Houtsma, who serve as Clinical Investigators conducting research at the New Orleans VA Hospital. Through this partnership, faculty and trainees have the opportunity to join existing research projects related to trauma, anxiety, suicide prevention and advances in mental health treatments. The dedicated faculty from the VA also assist with statistical analyses and project development for individuals in the Section of Psychology. 

Spirit of Charity Level One Trauma Center Psychiatry Research Unit
Dr. Erich Conrad is the head of the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center Psychiatry Research Unit at University Medical Center. He has also served as principle or sub-investigator in numerous clinical trials at the LSU BRC.  Research endeavors at the Trauma Center include collaborative efforts with the trauma surgery services in screening victims of violence and addressing psychiatric sequelae of traumatic physical injury. Violence prevention research in this at-risk group is also underway.

The Harris Infant Mental Health Center
The Harris Center for Infant Mental Health of the LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry is devoted to the study and treatment of infants and young children.  The goals of the Center are:

  • To develop a crucial number of mental health professionals locally, nationally, and internationally trained to evaluate and treat infants.
  • To develop networks to provide support for individuals working with infants.
  • To bring together individuals from different mental health disciplines who will have a core set of skills and knowledge to assess and treat infants.
  • To develop expertise in evaluation and treatment for high-risk infants.
  • To educate the judges, lawyers and court personnel on the effects of violence on young children.

Members of psychology and social work sections presenting at Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Orlando March 2024.

Presenters featured below: Dr. Amy Rinner, Dr. Sebastian Del Corral Winder, Angela Mizell and Jacuqeline Hatcher.

SEPA Del Corral and Rinner 2024     SEPA Rinner and Mizell 2024    SEPA Poster Presentation with Student 2024

Presenters featured below: Dr. Amy Rinner, Dr. Sebastian Del Corral Winder, and Shaqueena Moore at the Statewide Children's Advocacy Institute Conference
Advocacy Conference May 2024

Other Opportunities
There are also numerous other research projects that trainees can participate in during their years of training such as ongoing projects in the Weight Management/Bariatric Surgery Clinic, Collaborative care in the Gastroenterology Clinic, as well as additional opportunities from faculty which can be found on individual faculty bios.