My research interests lie in three primary areas: (1) Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in children and adults, (2) Mental Health Service Research and Psychotherapy Outcome Research and (3) Attachment in Adolescence and Early Adulthood. My current work is focused, primarily, on the efficacy of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder and the failure of many American soldiers to engage in recommended psychiatric treatment when they return from deployment in Iraq (Operation Iraq Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). Other ongoing research projects include: the assessment of the effectiveness of Seeking Safety intervention implemented in 11 VA sites nationwide among traumatized female veterans, an evaluation of the predictors and effectiveness of Risperidone Consta (IM) vs oral intake in the treatment of Schizophrenia within the VA healthcare system, and an investigation of youth addiction and mental health problems and their association to attachment to primary caregivers and romantic partners.
- Mohamed S, Rosenheck R, Harpaz-Rotem I, Leslie D, Sernyak MJ. Duration of Pharmacotherapy with Long-Acting Injectable Risperidone in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Psychiatr Q. 2009 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]
- Harpaz-Rotem I, Blatt SJ. A pathway to therapeutic change: changes in self-representation in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. Psychiatry. 2009 Spring;72(1):32-49.