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Our department engages in a broad range of clinical, basic and translational research.

Graphic of a cell, nucleus, chromosome and DNAWe are committed to barrier-breaking research in all areas of mental and behavioral health that leads to difference-making discoveries. A common foundational goal of all our research is to better understand the causes of different psychiatric and behavioral disorders, including genetics, and ultimately find effective treatments and cures that improve lives through ongoing clinical trial approaches.

In addition to a strong Division of Research and Genetics and an emerging clinical trials unit, faculty and trainees throughout the department are actively involved in the research enterprise generating research projects, grant funding and peer-reviewed publications. They frequently collaborate with colleagues in the department, across KU Medical Center and at other institutions and organizations.

Contact Us

Clinical Research Studies Contacts

Philip T. Leese, M.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Acting Interim Director of Clinical Trials
913-945-9790
psychresearch@kumc.edu

Mena Biraralign, MBS
Clinical Research Coordinator
913-574-0302
psychresearch@kumc.edu

Jasli Bonilla
Clinical Research Coordinator
913-945-9790
psychresearch@kumc.edu

Research and Genetics Contacts

Merlin G. Butler, M.D., Ph.D., FFACMG
Director, KU Medical Center Genetics Clinic
Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences & Pediatrics
913-945-8405
mbutler4@kumc.edu

Ann Manzardo, MSCR, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
913-588-6473
amanzardo@kumc.edu

Olivia J. Veatch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
913-945-9594
oveatch@kumc.edu

Waheeda Hossain, M.D., MPH
Research Assistant Professor
913-945-6875
whossain@kumc.edu

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas Medical Center
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mailstop 4015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6400
Fax: 913-588-6414