The Research Center for the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University

  • Georgetown University

    Evidence-based, community engagement process.

  • Community Collaborations

  • Georgetown University Hospital

    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Psychiatry Department

    Compassionate patient care, neuropsychiatry, mindfulness and optimal health


Welcome to the Research Center of the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University website. The division is an interdisciplinary and multicultural center focused on developing and testing the effectiveness of innovative and sustainable mental health-related interventions for low-income individuals and families. Part of the Psychiatry Department, its faculty and researchers are in the forefront of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of and improve the treatment of mental disorders.

Our members include faculty from multiple departments and disciplines within Georgetown, including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, Oncology, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and other settings, including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Primary Care Coalition.

We have ongoing collaborative relationships with primary care settings in Montgomery County, Maryland, Prince George’s County, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and we seek ongoing input and feedback from community-based clinicians and consumers.


Summer 2018 External Practicum Accomplishments, June 4th-August 10th

This summer, Amelia (Mia) P. Tankersley, A.B.- in her 10-weeks-internship - screened participants for Dr. Hoge's study comparing the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction for the treatment of anxiety, assisted Dr. Vijay in co-leading an adolescent dialectical behavior therapy group, and collaborated on multiple manuscripts with Drs. Dutton and Kaltman. Her summer at the Center for Trauma and the Community might have ended, but certainly her learning experience and collaboration have not...

  • July 2016: GHUCCTS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program – Faith Based Mental Health Promotion to Address Black Youth Mental Health Disparities  

In July of 2016, The AAKOMA Project received funding from GHUCCTS to focus on quantifying our strategic methods for engaging African Americans in clinical research for youth mental health.  The project is an outgrowth of our long standing work in the AAKOMA Lab with Black communities in general and Black faith communities specifically.  We are excited about this new project and we look forward to presenting our results in the coming months.

  • May 2016: Building Capacity and Reducing Barriers to the Inclusion of Underserved Black Youth and Families for Mental Health Patient Centered Outcomes Research

This is a newly funded project under the PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Tier II Award mechanism. The focus of this effort is to continue our built relationships with patients, stakeholders and communities in the Washington, DC area to support PCOR and Comparative Effectiveness Research with African Americans  Our focus is on depression related to trauma exposure in youth.  We host monthly team meetings and we have recently developed subcommittees to expand our work throughout the DMV.

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