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About Us


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, Inc. (AAHRPP) in June 2009.

The Psychopharmacology Research Clinic operates within the 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 over 20 years. We focus on phase III, IIIB/IV clinical trials. Our therapeutic areas of interest include:

  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Cognitive Problems
  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
  • Pathological Gambling Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence

Past Study Sponsors Include:

  • AstraZeneca/Quintiles
  • Biomedical Research Foundation of NW Louisiana
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Curemark
  • Easai
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Forest Labs
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hoechst Marion Roussel
  • Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and
    Development, LLC/Janssen
  • Merck and Company, Inc. National Institute of Mental Health
  • Novartis
  • Organon
  • Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Oy Contral Pharma Ltd.
  • Parke Davis
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Repligen
  • Solvay
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Solvay
  • Takeda
  • Wyeth-Ayerst Research


The Psychopharmacology Research Clinic is operated by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and located in the 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 and phone resources, EKG machine, vital checks, Lab with refrigerated centrifuge, refrigerator for medication and -20 degrees freezer, and dry ice capabilities, and 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 United States.


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 in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Lee Stevens, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of Psychiatric Inpatient Child, Adolescent Services, Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry.


Angela Benedetto, Clinical Research Recruiter & Outreach Coordinator, Psychopharmacology Research Clinic
MA, Counseling Psychology, Gonzaga University
BA, Psychology, Texas A&M University, Commerce

Phone: 318.813.2073


Stephanie Lafitte Saunders, CCRC, Clinical Research Coordinator, Psychopharmacology Research Clinic
MA, Counseling & Guidance, Louisiana Tech University
BA, Psychology, Louisiana Tech University

Phone: 318.813.2085



The Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area encompasses a population of over 400,000. LSU Health – Shreveport provider statewide referrals 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 Institutional Review Board and received full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) in June 2009.

  • Psychiatry/Psychology
Canadian Association Of Clinical Research Specialists
Research Centers
January 2, 2019
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