ACER Clinical Research

Bridging the gap between research and the real world.

ACER is committed to offering an environment that supports clinical research in a real-world setting. Treatment innovations developed through research offer renewed hope to our neighbors who are served in public mental health. The Center’s access to thousands of patients assures an adequate trial for almost any new idea. Contact us to obtain patient application forms for upcoming research trials

Trainees who wish to be involved in community-based clinical research have the opportunity to collaborate with current studies or to develop new ones with the assistance of Center staff. Grant development staff is also available to pursue funding.

Clinical Research

The Center has a strong track record of research collaboration with many academic institutions, including these studies with faculty from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

ACER research endeavors with trainees

  • Enhanced Program for Early Psychosis ( ePEP) (Texas Depaitment of State Health Services funding)
  • Disaster mental health (NIMH and Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism/US Dept. of Homelai1d security grants)

  • Homelessness (NIDA-funded SUNCODA service use study, Bridge study)
  • Domestic violence (Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support)
  • Suicide risk screening (Parkland emergency depaitment [ED]/hospital, University of Texas System Patient Safety Committee grant)
  • Cohen Veterans Network Clinic (Cohen funded; descriptive data)
  • Psychoeducation and hepatitis C (NIAAA grant)
  • Paul Quinn College (PQC, systematic psychiatric evaluation and clinic)
  • Monday Psychiatty Clinic (MPC, psychiatric screening, medical students)

  • Lethal injection (literature review)
  • Wellness program for housestaff(development, implementation, quality improvement)

Peer-reviewed published articles acknowledging Metrocare Services

  • North CS. Gaps in knowledge about personality disorders in homeless populations (commentary for aiticle by Whitbeck, A1menta, and Welch-Lazoritz, “Borderline personality disorder and Axis I psychiatric and substance use disorders among women experiencing homelessness in three US cities”).
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2015; 50(8):1293-1295 (ePub 5/20/15 as doi:
    10.1007/s00127-015-1066-6). PMID: 25989954
  • Triantafyllou D, Nmth CS, Za1tman A, Roediger HL III. A ORM study of trauma memory among employees of New York City companies affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks. Annals of Clinical hychiatry, 2015; 27(3):165-174. PMID: 26247215
  • Nmth CS. The classification of hysteria and related disorders: historical and phenomenological considerations. Behcrvioral Sciences, 2015; 5:496-517 (ePub 11/6/15 as doi: 10.3390/bs5040496). PMID:26561836
  • King RV, Polatin PB, Hogan D, Downs DL, North CS. Needs assessment of Hurricane Katrina evacuees residing temporarily in Dallas. Community Mental Health Journal, 2015; 52(1 ): 18-24 (ePub 10/27 /15 as doi: 10. l 007/sl0597-015-9938-5). PMID: 26507550
  • Pfefferbaum B, North CS, Pfefferbaum RL, Jeon-Slaughter H, Houston JB. Reactions of Oklahoma City bombing survivors to media coverage of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 2015; 65:70-78 (ePub 9/25/15 as http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.09.0!0). PMID: 26773993
  • Pfefferbaum B, Nmth CS. Child disaster mental health services: a review of the system of care, assessment approaches, and evidence base for intervention. Current Psychiatry Reports, 2016; 18(1), 1-7 (ePub 12/30/15 as doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0647-0). PM1D: 26719308
  • Surls AM, Holliday R, North CS. The evolution of the classification of psychiatric disorders. Behavioral Sciences, 2016; 6(1):5 (ePub 1/18/16 as doi:10.3390/bs6010005)