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Biological Psychiatry Laboratory

The Biological Psychiatry Laboratory was founded in 1984. Scientists in the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory study the causes, features, and treatments of mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse. Our research reflects and reinforces the advancing scientific understanding of mental disorders and their biological basis.

Substance Abuse

This laboratory is arguably the leading research center in the world on the abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). In addition, we have published extensively on the neuropsychological effects of cannabis (marijuana), “ecstasy,” and hallucinogens.

Eating Disorders

Our scientists are leading authorities on binge eating disorder, a common cause of severe obesity. We previously pioneered new insights into the causes and treatment of bulimia nervosa.

“Affective Spectrum Disorder”

Our researchers developed and explored the theory that a shared physiological abnormality contributes to a range of disorders running in families. These conditions include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and fibromyalgia. We label them collectively “Affective Spectrum Disorder”.

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