Welcome to the University of Colorado Denver
Developmental Psychiatry Research Lab!
Our lab is located in Building 500 on the Anschutz Medical Campus. We study the relationship between early brain development and severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Our research focuses on pregnant women, young infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We are also conducting a study with school-age-children who have or are at risk for developing schizophrenia. We currently have multiple research studies in progress. Our studies focus on the following research questions:
- How does the brain change as it grows from infancy through early adolescence?
- What parts of brain growth increase risk for mental illnesses?
- How do we measure brain changes as a child ages?
- What is the impact of genetics, nutrition, and environment on brain development?
- Can we use the answers to these questions to devise new and better treatments for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
- Can we find ways to decrease the number of people who get these major mental illnesses?
To answer these questions, we need the help of families, from pregnancy through early adolescence. Participation of pregnant mothers, infants, preschoolers, and school-age children is greatly appreciated. We need typical families that have little or no family history of major psychiatric illnesses, and families with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or bipolar disorder.