The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGV SOM) Department of Psychiatry is involved in two Texas statewide research pertinent to advancing the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services.
- Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network (YDSRN)
- Childhood Trauma Research Network (CTRN)
The goals of the research networks are: 1) to better understand and improve mental health services to address youth trauma, depression, and suicide, and 2) to identify regional and statewide service delivery gaps to inform policy makers and to improve the mental health of children and youth in Texas. Each of the networks is comprised of research teams from 12 participating Academic Research Medical Centers, known as “research nodes” across Texas.
Dr. Michael Escamilla is on the acculturation, ethnicity, and patient advocacy committee, created to assure the incorporation of a health equity lens and to guarantee that individuals with lived experience are part of the development and implementation of the research initiative.