Pediatric Mood Disorders Research

Children and families have the opportunity to contribute to a research database collecting behavioral health and medical information. The goal of this database is to improve our understanding of pediatric mood disorders. Some specific areas of interest to investigators include:

  • Examination of the presentation of mood and behavioral symptoms across different age groups and their role in the development of mood disorders. 
  • Identification of factors that correlate with or perpetuate onset and maintenance of mood disorders. 
  • Investigation of the potential link between depressive symptoms and chronic inflammation of the immune system.
  • Observation of relationships between family histories and genetic markers for kids who may present early with mood disorders.

Better understanding pediatric mood disorders will help us to continue to improve the treatment and management of these conditions.


Ahmed, A., Moore, T.M., Lewis, J., Butler, L.L., Benton, T.D. & Boyd, R.C. (2018) Psychometric Properties of Bully, Fighting, and Victimization Scales Among Clinically Referred Youth. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 27(10), 1110-1124.

Boyd, R.C., Lewis, J., Borreggine, K., & Benton, T.D. (2018). Adolescent depression: Identification and treatment. Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics, 4(3): 350-362.

Xu, Y., Boyd, R.C., Butler, L., Moore, T.M., & Benton, T.D. (2017). Associations of parent-adolescent discrepancies in family cohesion and conflict with adolescent impairment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(12), 3360-3369.