Behavioral Research Clinic

Dr. Mark Townsend is the head of the LSU Behavioral Research Clinic (BRC), which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood and psychotic disorders and conducts research protocols that require inpatient treatment and close outpatient supervision.  The BRC performs investigator-initiated and pharmaceutical company-sponsored clinical trials, as well as quality-of-life and other naturalistic research, with individuals with mood and psychotic disorders. Dr. Townsend has conducted more than thirty such trials, and is the author of ninety peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, published scientific abstracts and edited volumes.

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.

Children’s Hospital Autism Clinic
Dr Chuck Coleman heads the section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s research projects at the Children’s Hospital Autism Clinic with clinical trials in this patient population.

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.

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, or participating in The Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project, which provides telepsychiatry services to outlying clinics along the gulf coast.