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Overview

In support of individuals' scholarly contributions to the professional field of mental health, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center (LLUBMC) has created a program for those interested in conducting clinical research. The goal is to apply the newfound knowledge gained by the research so diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency can be further enhanced.

 

LLUBMC provides several research opportunities in their state-of-the-art facility where patients can receive a full range of services in multiple levels of treatment including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment. Furthermore, LLUBMC offers the unique advantage of specialized programs treating children, adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from a variety of mental health issues including:

  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Chronic pain and medication dependency
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse issues
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Spirituality
  • Developmental issues
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Alzheimer's and dementia
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other emotional and behavioral health problems

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

1. Are a faculty member from Loma Linda University (LLU) or other universities, students from LLU or other universities, and researchers from other agencies.

2. Abide by all LLUBMC regulations

Research process

1. Obtain, complete, and submit the Loma Linda University Institutional Review Board Application (LLUIRB). To download the form, go to the Research Affairs web site and click on the online forms and tools page. Select the appropriate IRB application.

2. Obtain, complete, and submit the Request to Conduct Research at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center form for approval by the LLUBMC research committee.

3. Once the research proposal is approved by BOTH the LLUBMC research committee and the LLUIRB, investigator(s) are required to supply the LLUBMC research committee with a brief report of the progress being made on the project.

4. Upon completion of the project, investigator(s) are required to submit a written summary of the results and conclusions of the project to the committee. Please see the Researcher's Checklist for further guidance.

Research Projects

Chronic Pain, Meaning, and Spirituality: A Qualitative Study of the Healing Process in Relation to the Role of Meaning among Individuals with Chronic Pain

The Efficacy of an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Children Exhibiting Moderate to Severe Behavioral Problems

Meaning in Life and Substance Abuse Treatment

 

LLUBMC Research Publications

Haskard, K., Banta, J., Williams, S., Haviland, M., DiMatteo, R., Przekop, P., Werner, L., and Anderson, D. (2008). Binge drinking, poor mental health and adherence to treatment among California adults with asthma. Journal of Asthma.

Sorajjakool, S., Aja, V., Chilson, B., Ramirez-Johnson, J., Earll, A. (2008). Disconnection, depression, and spirituality: A study of the role of spirituality and meaning in the lives of individuals with severe depression. Pastoral Psychology.

Sorajjakool, S., Thompson, K., Aveling, A., and Earl, A. (2006). Chronic pain, meaning and spirituality: A qualitative study of the healing process in relation to the role of meaning and spirituality. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 60(4).

Sigrid, James et. al. (2010). Post-discharge services and psychiatric rehospitalization among children and youth.  Journal of Administration Policy in Mental Health.

Warnell, R. , Swartz, C.M., and Thompson, A. (2010). Propofol interruption of ECT seizure to reduce side-effects: A pilot study. Psychiatry Research, 175, 184-185 .

Tharayil, P.R., James, S., Morgan, R. and Freeman, K. (2012). Examining outcomes of acute psychiatric hospitalization among children. Social Work in Mental Health (10), 205-232.

 

Collaborative Behavioral Health Research Publications

Haskard, K., Banta, J., Williams, S., Haviland, M., DiMatteo, R., Przekop, P., Werner, L., and Anderson, D. (2008). Binge drinking, poor mental health and adherence to treatment among California adults with asthma. Journal of Asthma.

Sonne, J.L. (2012).  PsycEssentials: A pocket resource for mental health practitioners. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Sonne, J.L. (2012).  Sexualized relationships.  In Knapp, S.J. (Ed.) APA handbook of ethics and psychology.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

 

For more information on LLUBMC research activities and/or collaboration efforts, please contact:

 

Huma Shah, DrPH
Director of Research
(909) 558-3463
hshah@llu.edu

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
1710 Barton Road
Redlands, CA 92373