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The Department of Psychiatry is committed to the advancement of the practice of psychiatry with a focused emphasis on new research aimed at further understanding of psychiatric disorders and their optimal treatment. Research projects span animal studies, neuroimaging, hypothesis based clinical trials, innovative effectiveness trials and health service studies.

Members of the Department work within the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth, a site of cutting edge translational neuroscience research, as well as within the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Currently, thirty members of the Department serve as Principal Investigators of investigator-initiated externally funded research grants from federal agencies, state agencies, foundations and industry. The disorders under study include schizophrenia (and other serious mental illness), substance use, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, autism and multiple sclerosis.

The research programs involve neuropsychopharmacology, study of endophenotypes, neuroimaging and neurogenetics, innovative practical clinical trials, psychiatric rehabilitation, and outcomes studies.

Major research groups include the National Center for PTSD, the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Lab, the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, and the Psychopharmacology Research Group.

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