Psychopharmacology Trials

Through research and clinical trials, the Psychiatry team is able to learn more about the factors involved in psychological and behavioral disorders, and to identify new treatment options and interventions for patients. 

The Division of Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center conducts clinical trials involving children and adolescents ages 6-17 with the following conditions: 

The Benefits of Research for Patient Care 

Many physicians at Children's National also conduct research through Children’s Research Institute, in an effort to find new and better treatments for children as quickly and effectively as possible. Many families receiving care at Children's National, and others who receive care elsewhere, elect to participate in trials and are seen or treated through the Division of Psychiatry at Children's while doing so. Participants in these trials play an important role in improving mental health treatments for children. We are very experienced in treating children and teenagers before, during, and after their participation in clinical trials.  

To learn about current clinical trials and how to enroll your child, speak with a member of your child’s care team. 

For Healthcare Professionals

Psychopharmacology Trials Graduate Medical Education and other training options

There are several options for medical students to complete a research elective in psychiatry research through Children's National or via the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP) medical student research fellowships as paid summer electives. For further information visit website. Fellows may conduct clinical research during the second year of training. 

Debbie Lafond's Story

Debbie Lafond

Debbie Lafond began her career at Children’s National in 1991 as a clinical coordinator of the IV therapy team, and joined the department of Hematology/Oncology a year later as an advanced practice clinician.

Read More of Debbie Lafond's Story