Vinod H. Srihari MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training; Director, STEP Program
Early Intervention for Psychotic Disorders; Delusion formation; Cost-Effectiveness
- Randomized controlled trial of specialized team based care vs. treatment as usual for early psychosis to determine effectiveness and costs of care.
- Study of barriers to care for serious mental illness.
- Mechanisms of normal belief formation as a context for understanding delusion formation and persistence.
- Assessing the skills of resident trainee physicians in the appraisal and application of scientific studies of groups to clinical practice.
Dr. Srihari is seeking to determine how best to provide care to individuals who have recently experienced the onset of psychotic symptoms. He directs a research clinic that provides multi-disciplinary care to such individuals while also collecting outcomes to inform an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of such care. The overall goal is to articulate a model of care that can be implemented in community settings across the U.S. to promote the functional recovery of individuals with psychotic illnesses.
Extensive Research Description
The STEP research project is described in the Psychiatric Services 2009 Nov/Dec issue in the article titled: 'Public-Academic Collaboration: Early Intervention for Psychotic Disorders in a Community Mental Health Center.'
In addition to providing a package of empirically supported treatments, the clinic is intended to serve as a platform for translational research that can improve understanding of the pathophysiology and thereby the treatment of psychotic illnesses.