Research Faculty in the department of psychiatry at the University of Florida are engaged in ground-breaking projects covering a variety of interests through our Centers, labs and collaborations with other departments.

Research Centers

Research Initiatives

FRC Pottash Research Initiative

The Initiative uses state of the art treatment outcome studies to collect data for the improved understanding of the disease and treatment development.

UF Health Florida Recovery Center

Research Labs

Addiction Research

Neurocognitive Laboratory

The Neurocognitive Laboratory is directed by Sara Jo Nixon, PhD. Dr. Nixon uses neurobehavioral methods and models to examine the acute and chronic effects of alcohol and other drugs in her laboratory.

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OCD & Anxiety Research


The Florida Exposure and Anxiety Research (FEAR) Lab studies recruit participants from real-world clinical programs and tracks outcomes to improve the assessment and treatment of individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders.

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Genetics and Epidemiology Research


Program in Genetics and Epidemiology of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (PGENeS) studies the genetic and environmental causes of Tourette Syndrome and OCD. As well as neuropsychological correlates of compulsive hoarding.


Clinical Trials


Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision. The following frequently asked questions provide introductory information about clinical trials. It is also helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. The decision to enter a clinical trial or not is always up to you. Anything you decide will, of course, be personal and will depend upon your interests, needs, and expectations about research. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.

The Clinical Trial Volunteer’s Bill of Rights

Points to Remember

  • Clinical trials are tests of medical treatments to see if they are safe and if they work.
  • Before you agree to take part in a study, you must be given complete information about the study, including possible side effects and benefits.
  • You must sign a special agreement called “Informed Consent” before taking part in the study.
  • You can leave the study at any time.