Research is an integral part of the evidence-based care provided at PRI.

The treatment of psychiatric disorders is just one part of the Psychiatric Research Institute. Research and education are integral to the overall approach of PRI. The institute’s focus on evidence-based care takes into consideration the education of future medical personnel while relying on the work of research scientists to provide innovative forms of treatment.

PRI’s five research divisions are the Center for Addiction Research, the Center for Health Services Research, the Women’s Mental Health Program, the Neurocognitive Dynamics Laboratory, the Neurodevelopmental Risk and Resilence Program and the Brain Imaging Research Center. These administrative units are part of the UAMS College of Medicine.

The Center for Addiction Research is at the forefront when it comes to conducting innovative research designed to improve the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders as well as inform local and national policies regarding the antecedents and consequences of addiction. The Center for Health Services Research develops, and tests, cutting-edge interventions to improve the lives of people with mental health and substance use disorders. Arkansas’ only training center for physicians and researchers interested in reproductive mental health, the Women’s Mental Health Program conducts extensive psychological and physical exams in an effort to identify those at risk for numerous medical issues. The Brain Imaging Research Center has distinguished itself in a short period of time as one of the leading resources for neuroscientific study. The Neurocognitive Dynamics Laboratory utilizes electroencephalography  and functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore brain function on the mesoscopic level. The Neurodevelopmental Risk and Resilience Program studies how family history and early life experiences influence brain and behavioral development and contribute to risk for problem substance use and other psychopathology.