One of the primary goals of academic psychiatry is to expand our understanding of psychiatric illness and improve psychiatric care through research.  Research in our department is carried out by more than 30 federally-funded faculty working on research programs including investigation of basic mechanisms of brain function, translational research into the underlying causes of  psychiatric disorders, clinical studies in adult and child psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and methods for improving medical education and clinical practice.

Many of our faculty belong to or collaborate with other UC Davis faculty at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, the UC Davis Imaging Research Center, the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, and the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.  Thus, there are ample opportunities for interaction and cross-disciplinary training for postgraduates interested in a career in academic research or for those wishing to learn more about research methods.

The Department received nearly $12 million in NIH research funding in calendar year 2009. According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, an independent organization that tracks and ranks NIH funding levels, of 91 academic psychiatry departments nationwide, UC Davis ranked number 24.

For more information about specific research projects and opportunities, do not hesitate to contact me or individual investigators.

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research