Join a Clinical Trial or Research Project

What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific health questions using human volunteers. There are generally two types of clinical trials:

    1)   Experimental treatments to test whether specific therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments   

    2)   Observational studies to assess health issues in large populations in a natural setting

More information can be found at the National Institutes of Medicinewebsite. View list of more clinical trials at UCSF.


The UCSF Department of Psychiatry is a world leader in research with a deep and distinguished record of achievement spanning more than half a century. Its many investigators explore psychological, biological, and social processes as they may affect the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders as well as those that promote health, coping capacity, and life satisfaction. The Department has world-class psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists. We are dedicated to the discovery of better treatments, prevention strategies, and cures of neuropsychiatric disorders. Operating in one of the premier biomedical research institutions in the world, our research faculty members are conducting state of the art basic and translational research aimed at improving the care of people with mental illness. 



Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service