Research

Dr. Jennifer Gess, Dr. Andrew James and Dr. Jennifer Fausett

Dr. Jennifer Gess, Dr. Andrew James and Dr. Jennifer Kleiner

Many research opportunities are available with the Department of Psychiatry. For interns focused on child and adolescent training, the AR BEST program provides an opportunity to learn about evidence-based treatment dissemination for youth experiencing trauma. Within the Division of Health Services Research, there are also several faculty members studying access and quality of care for adults with depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse issues. 

The Neuropsychology Service has several active areas of ongoing research. Drs. Jennifer Gess and Jennifer Kleiner are members of the Clinical Neuroscience Investigators Working Group, a collaborative meeting where research projects are developed and collaborated upon for individuals interested in various aspects of neuroscience. Drs. Gess and Kleiner collaborate with Dr. Andy James of the Brain Imaging Research Center on the Cognitive Connectome, a project that aims to characterize individual variation in functional neural networks involved in cognition; this project at its foundation seeks to build a database of normal individuals to which various neurologic illness states can be compared including epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Other research projects focus on improving surgical outcomes in epilepsy and in improving selection criteria for Deep Brain Stimulation. Emerging areas of research for the service also include Multiple Sclerosis and telemedicine for neuropsychology. Moreover, the Neuropsychology Service maintains a clinical database for use in future research projects.

Several research opportunities also are available through the Child Diagnostic Unit. The assessment data from the comprehensive multidisciplinary (i.e., psychology, speech and language, psychiatry, and occupational therapy) evaluation being conducted on each child admitted to the Child Diagnostic Unit is entered into a clinical database. This rich database includes demographic variables, information regarding medication before admission and at discharge, diagnoses at discharge, trauma-related variables, family variables, results of psychological testing, speech and language variables, and occupational therapy variables. This clinical database can be accessed for research purposes upon approval from UAMS IRB. In addition, other research opportunities are available through the Child Diagnostic Unit including case studies, trauma-related projects, and research focusing on the role of cultural and contextual factors in the lives of children at increased risk for serious conduct problems and delinquency.

Other options may be available depending on the interests and funding of faculty members, so intern applicants are encouraged to inquire about ongoing research projects that may compliment their scientific goals and objectives.