Mental Health 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 Health System 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. Families who elect to participate in trials are seen or treated through the Division of Psychiatry at Children's while doing so. Good candidates for clinical trials 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 clinical trials.  

To learn about clinical trials and how to enroll your child, please call us at 202-476-6067 or contact Leyla Babaturk or Kate Sullivan.

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. 

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