Welcome to the Division of Research

Photo of Francisco FernandezAs part of our commitment to patient care and education, as an academic department of psychiatry, our faculty welcome engagement in research. The National Institutes of Health funding to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has tripled in the last 8 years and reflects our commitment to research. The Department values interdisciplinary and collaborative research with clinicians and basic scientists working side by side to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms underlying mental illness and its treatment.

Our facilities are housed in the University Psychiatry Center and the Silver Center for Child Development, co-locating laboratories with clinics and scientists with clinicians – all working as a team. Together faculty tackle the most relevant scientific and clinically relevant problems facing our patients and their families. From autism to Alzheimer's and alcoholism as well as drug abuse, mood disorders, gambling, brain injury, motor neuron damage, stroke, ataxia and psychosis, we are inspired and focused on the advancement of scientific knowledge about the nature, causes, and treatment of these conditions, providing exemplary models of care to benefit the health and well-being of the people of Florida.

As you visit our centers, laboratories and clinical trials pages, it should be clear that we are investing our time and energy in building the strongest teams and links as possible between the clinic and the research laboratory. We are encouraged by faculty discoveries ensuring our future success.

Francisco Fernandez, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Director, Institute for Research in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences