Mental Health Research

Through research, 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 Health System conducts research involving children and adolescents ages 6-17 various 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. Good candidates for research include those seeking new treatments, those looking for increased management and care, and those without insurance.  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 research.  

For Healthcare Professionals

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 www.aacap.org website. Fellows may conduct research during the second year of training. 

Jozlyn's Story

Jozlyn's Story

Jozlyn was born with sickle cell disease and couldn't participate in many activities, but three years ago, she had a bone marrow transplant, and is now back at school and is a cheerleader.

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