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The Center for Neurobehavioral Research focuses on improving methods for intervening early in the lives of children with behavioral and mental disorders.

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The ​Neurobehavioral Research ​Center is a collaboration between ​Boys Town ​National Research Hospital ​​and Boys Town Youth Care Services to study and improve methods for intervening early in the lives of children with behavioral and mental health problems.

Boys Town’s long history of providing effective treatment for children with a wide range of disorders and Boys Town National Research Hospital’s ​successful history of research over the past 40 years, position the Center to become a state-of-the-art ​collaborative research effort that will offer evidence-based solutions for treatment to the larger mental health community.

Neurobehavioral Research Programs  

  • Affective Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Decision Making
  • Social Cognition
  • Clinical
Neurobehavioral Research Focus
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
Examples of specific research topics include: 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.

​​Participate in a Research Study

Boys Town National Research Hospital is seeking healthy children ​​and adolescents to participate in research studies.

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