Name: L. Eugene Arnold

Email: l.arnold@osumc.edu

Department: Psychiatry

Lab Manager/Dept Contact: Rachel Bergman

Lab Manager/Dept Contact Email: Rachel.Bergman@osumc.edu

Lab Manager/Dept Contact Phone: 614-688-3375

Preferred Method of Contact: Lab Manager/Dept Contact Email

Previous Mentoring: Yes (funded)

Category of research: Clinical

Research Description 1:

Does neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) have a specific benefit for ADHD beyond placebo response?

Does cholesterol have any benefit for children with autism and cholesterol below the 5th %ile?

Do probiotics improve the quality of life, sleep, and anxiety in children with autism and GI dysfunction?

How much does adding an antipsychotic drug to a stimulant for children with ADHD and aggression improve the emotional stability?

Does a comprehensive micronutrient formulation (vitamins and minerals) improve ADHD symptoms and emotional dysregulation?

Research Description 2:

Double-blind Placebo-Controlled Randomized Clinical trial of Neurofeedback for ADHD (2-site International Collaborative ADHD Neurofeedback [ICAN] study): Does EEG Neurofeedback have a specific benefit for ADHD?

Essential Oils in Autism, a randomize, placebo-controlled crossover study: Do fragrant essential oils calm and promote sleep of children with autism? Are they safe?

Lab website: ICANstudy.org

Specific areas of Research Emphasis: Neuroscience; Pediatrics/Adolescence; Psychological Disorders; Other Research in Special Populations


Name: Lisa Christian

Email: lisa.christian@osumc.edu

Lab Manager: Mary Dreher

Lab Manager Email: Mary.Dreher@osumc.edu

Department: Psychiatry

Preferred Method of Contact: Faculty Email

Previous Mentoring: Yes (funded)

Category of research: Clinical

Research Description: As part of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, directed by Lisa Christian, PhD, the Stress, Behavioral Immunology, and Health Disparities Lab examines how exposures to chronic stress, including discrimination due to racial and/or sexual minority status, affect physical health and mental well-being.

Our studies use psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) research approaches to examine how stress "gets under the skin" to impact health by affecting the neuroendocrine and immune systems. Studies in our lab focus on biological pathways linking chronic stress and health, with a focus on health disparities. A primary focus of our lab is racial and socioeconomic disparities in perinatal health – including studies of women, infants, and partners during pregnancy and postpartum/early life. Biological mechanisms of focus include, but are not limited to, inflammation, neuroendocrine function (e.g., cortisol, brain-derived neurotrophic factor), cellular aging (e.g., telomere length), gene expression (transcriptomics), gut microbiome, metabolomics, immune responses to vaccines, and immune control of latent viruses.

Our research is funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center.

Mentor website: https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/stresslab

Lab website: https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/stresslab

Specific areas of Research Emphasis: Immunology, Psychological Disorders, Pregnancy/Postpartum Health


Name: Cynthia Fontanella

Email: fontanella.4@osu.edu

Department: Psychiatry and Social Work

Preferred Method of Contact: Faculty Email

Previous Mentoring: Yes (funded)

Category of research: Clinical; Translational

Research Description: Quality of Care in Children's Mental Health. I am conducting a series of studies examining the quality of care of Medicaid enrolled children and adolescents. The overarching goals of these studies is to examine the extent to which psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments conform to best practice standards/guidelines of care for youths with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances. Specific areas of Research Emphasis: Public Health Research; Pediatrics/Adolescence; Psychological Disorders