The Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders has an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and trainees consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, and basic neuroscientists, with research collaborators in neurology, obstetrics/gynecology/urogynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, genetics, chronobiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and data management/statistics. Our central clinical research themes include:
- Developing novel drug and non-drug treatment and treatment combinations for mood disorders in general and for specific populations (e.g., childbearing and perimenopausal women, treatment-refractory patients, and individuals with comorbid physical illnesses).
- Translating the findings from basic science studies on models of emotion in order to identify individual differences in the biological and affective aspects of emotion in emotional disorders, and identifying disease state and trait biomarkers.
- Conducting clinical, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, neurophysiologic and brain imaging studies to develop individualized medicine for treatment of mood disorders.
- Developing a complex disorders diagnostic program to include intensive testing for disorders that present with psychiatric symptoms, such as inborn errors of metabolism or nutrient deficiencies.
We also are focused on applying what we learn through research to help and improve the lives of countless patients who suffer from debilitating mood disorders in Chicago, nationally and internationally. The Asher Center, with its Feinberg-affiliated care facilities, is on a trajectory to become an internationally prominent center of excellence for research and clinical practice pertaining to mood disorders. The foresight and extraordinary generosity of the Asher Family have created a strong foundation from which the Asher Center can grow and innovate into the future.
Learn more about the research we do via the links below.
- Current Studies
Find out about our current active projects, their goals, and potential influence on the field of women’s mental health; learn how to participate
Get details about the work done in our center's specialized laboratories
- Research FAQ
Learn about the role of the participant and what to expect when participating in a study
- Affiliations and Partnerships
Connect with our research collaborators