Psychiatry Research

Did you know that as of 2022, nearly 1 in 4 Americans are taking at least one prescription psychiatric medication?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine which focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Researchers in Psychiatry work to deepen our understanding of the biological and neurochemical mechanisms responsible for mental illnesses in order to develop novel treatments in the form of drugs and therapeutic interventions. Researchers in psychiatry may treat patients in a clinical practice, do lab research, or both. As COVID-19, social media, and other factors of modern life have increased the rates of mental illnesses across our society, better understanding their scientific basis and developing more effective, inclusive treatment plans is crucial work for improving our collective quality of life.

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Psychiatry scholars

Riya Patel
Riya Patel
Moreau Catholic High School
Polygence Scholar 2022
Symposium Presenter

Project: “A Prospective Treatment for Selective Mutism through an Analysis of Social Anxiety Disorder“

Alyson Nguyen
Alyson Nguyen
Evergreen Valley High School
Polygence Scholar 2022
Symposium Presenter

Project: “Specific phobias in children: Etiology, treatment, and directions for future research“

Chandana Akasapu
Chandana Akasapu
North Hills Preparatory HS
Polygence Scholar 2021

Project: “Pharmacological and Physiological Treatment and their Effects on Axon Demyelination of Multiple Sclerosis“