Research on Understanding and Treating Psychotic Disorders

The Psychosis Treatment Program has contributed significantly towards the understanding and development of new treatments for the serious psychiatric disorders for the past 40 years. These include research in biochemical, molecular, neuroimaging, and treatment modalities.

Anyone who has suffered from a psychotic disorder or who has a close connection with someone who has will probably know that there are many unanswered questions about why some people seem to be vulnerable to this kind of problem, what the underlying causes in the brain might be, which parts of the brain seems most affected by psychosis and its treatment, and how to best help people suffering from psychotic illnesses.

Researchers at the UIC Department of Psychiatry are actively working on all of these questions. All of the researchers hope that their work will help patients lead better, happier, healthier and more productive lives. Many of the researchers also work directly with patients, and our clinical team works very closely with the research team.

Researchers have known for quite some time that psychosis is not anyone's fault and certainly not caused by "bad mothering" or such nonsense. Patients and families are often told of one diagnosis which then is changed to another, which is frustrating and points to some of the challenges in not having accurate biologic tests to help clinicians with making a diagnosis. We offer research programs that look at new treatments for psychosis.

For more information on active and enrolling research projects please contact Cherise Rosen, PhD at (312) 355-5234.

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