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Neurobehavioral Research

​The Center for Neurobehavioral Research combines the latest brain imaging technology with behavioral measures that are already well established as part of the Boys Town program.

The Center for Neurobehavioral Research actively partners with researchers both locally and nationally to develop the best practices to treat behavioral and mental health problems in children.

The Center focuses on research programs in four areas:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders – (depression, PTSD, generalized anxiety)
  • Disruptive behavior disorders – (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Web and computer-based therapeutics

Neurobehavioral Research Studies

Neurobehavioral Research Topics

Examples of specific research topics include:

  • Evaluating longitudinally the cognitive and metabolic effects of atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers.
  • Evaluating the trajectory of illness across development in different diagnostic categories (mood disorders, disruptive behaviors, and autism spectrum disorders) and the impact of intervention at different developmental stages.
  • Development of novel therapeutic approaches, including use of virtual reality to develop new therapies for trauma, mood disorders, and social impairment; music therapy to treat aggression in patients, and exercise programs to treat mood and anxiety disorders.​
  • Research on the effects of trauma and those biological and environmental factors which influence resilience.
  • Research on attachment, including genetic markers that are emerging (oxytocin, vasopressin and the mu-opioid system) and appear to correlate with increased risk for aggression and disruptive behavior.