Center InformationRita Horton, MD Clinical Associate Professor, Department Head/Chairman LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport Psychopharmacology Research Clinic 1501 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, LA 71130 318.813.2070 Fax: 318.813.2080 www.UniversityPsychiatry.com
Currently Enrolling Trials
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, an academic health science center providing services for Louisiana residents, received full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) in June 2009.
The Psychopharmacology Research Clinic operates within the University’s Department of Psychiatry. The goals of the Psychopharmacology Research Clinic are to provide patients with appropriate and compassionate care and to expand medical knowledge through research both in the lab and in a clinical setting. The blending of these specific goals demonstrates the unique character of an academic medical center.
The Psychopharmacology Research unit has been involved in clinical research for more than 20 years. We focus on phase 3, 3B/4 clinical trials. Our therapeutic areas of interest include:
- Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive problems
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Depressive disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Impulse control disorders
- Obsessive/compulsive disorder
- Pathological gambling disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Pervasive developmental disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Substance abuse and dependence
Past study sponsors include:
- Biomedical Research Foundation of NW Louisiana
- Bristol Myers Squibb
- Eli Lilly
- Forest Labs
- Hoechst Marion Roussel
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Otsuka America Pharmaceutical
- Oy Contral Pharma
- Parke Davis
- Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
- Wyeth-Ayerst Research
The Psychopharmacology Research Clinic is operated by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is located in the university’s School of Medicine. Outpatient studies are conducted in a self-contained research-dedicated clinic, providing easy access and parking for participants. Clinic facilities include
- Physician and coordinator offices
- Exam room
- Office space for monitoring CRAs (computer, fax, Xerox, phone)
- EKG machine
- Vital checks
- Lab with refrigerated centrifuge
- Refrigerator for medication
- -20° freezer
- Dry ice capabilities
- Specimen preparation area.
The Psychopharmacology Research Clinic is adjacent to the Biomedical Research Institute, a two-story 160,000-square-foot facility with 56 state-of-the-art research labs and one of only 54 Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Centers in the U.S.
Marc Colon, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Forensic Services, LSUHSC-S
Board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and addiction medicine.
Rita Horton, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Chairman, LSUHSC-S Department of Psychiatry
Director, Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
Board Certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Lee Stevens, MD
Director of Psychiatric Inpatient Child, Adolescent Services
Board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.
Clinical Research Recruiter & Outreach Coordinator, Psychopharmacology Research Clinic
MA, counseling psychology, Gonzaga University
BA, psychology, Texas A&M University Commerce
Stephanie Lafitte Saunders,
CCRC, Psychopharmacology Research Clinic
MA, counseling and guidance, Louisiana Tech University
BA, psychology, Louisiana Tech University
The Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area encompasses a population of more than 400,000. Statewide referrals from providers to LSU Health Shreveport represent a diverse cultural population size of approximately three million.
Accessible by public transportation, the Psychopharmacology Research Clinic is conveniently located off Interstate 49 within 15 minutes of the Shreveport Regional Airport. Convenient and accessible parking.
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport operates a local IRB.