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* Buprenorphine for TRD

* Mifepristone for Psychotic Depression (CORCEPT)

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Robert Howland, M.D.

     Dr. Howland is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with clinical and research experience in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and novel and alternative therapies for mood and anxiety disorders.


Rebecca B. Price, Ph. D.

     Dr. Price is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed undergraduate studies in cognitive science at Stanford University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. Her research interests center on the role of neurocognitive factors in the etiology, course, and treatment of depression, anxiety, and suicidality. She is particularly interested in the intersection of clinical and neurocognitive research--for example, 1) translating basic cognitive and affective neuroscience findings into novel brain-based behavioral and pharmacological interventions and 2) identifying individual differences in neural and cognitive function that predict response to specific treatments. Her recent research has focused on attentional bias towards threat as a neurocognitive mechanism in anxiety and depression; studies of the effects of ketamine, a novel pharmacological intervention that exhibits rapid antidepressant effects; and studies of the effectiveness, moderators, and mechanisms of neurocognitive interventions for depression and anxiety.

Timothey Denko, M.D.

Dr. Denko is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Kenyon College and a MD from the University of Cincinnati.

Coordinator - Crystal Spotts, M.ED.


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This website was last updated 12/01/2016.

 2005 Mood Disorders Treatment and Research Program (MDTRP), Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), UPMC Health System