Department of Psychiatry




UMKC Psychiatry Resident Research

The UMKC Psychiatry Residence program is committed to furthering the science and practice of psychiatry.  UMKC psychiatry has access to unique resources that facilitate research while recognizing the clinical time demands placed on residents.  The UMKC Center for Health Insights provides resources that enable residents to access big data and answer meaningful clinical questions.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical program evaluation and quality improvement projects using REDCap – a survey and data management platform that simplifies survey research.  Residents have dedicated didactics designed to help them complete a case study, big data, or quality improvement project during their first three years of residency.  Additional faculty research interests include neuropsychology, depression, traumatic stress, addictions, and self-care.

UMKC Psychiatry Resident Research Track

Residents who would like a more in-depth research experience may apply for the Psychiatry Research Track in their third year.  This track provides residents an opportunity to create an individually tailored research plan.  The Research Track also provides up to 1 day weekly of dedicated time to work on research-related endeavors.  Residents receive ongoing mentorship from dedicated faculty as well as ongoing methodological and statistical support from the Center for Health Insights.  Residents on the research track have increased flexibility to conduct a more time-intensive study, develop an additional research poster, write a manuscript, or develop a grant proposal.  They also have access to didactic resources available through the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics.


The Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the Health Sciences Library at the School of Medicine to ensure universal access by faculty members and residents to a wide collection of journals and texts on-line.

The residency program aims to support its residents in not only conducting research but also presenting their work at local, regional, and national meetings. Financial support is typically available for residents who present at conferences. Time away for presenting one’s own research at conferences is considered educational leave and does not count as vacation or sick leave.

Meet the Research Director

Dr. Jared Bruce received his PhD in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Brown Medical School.  He is a Full Professor in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.  Dr. Bruce’s research examines the cognitive and emotional aspects of treatment adherence, health behaviors, and treatment decision-making. He has particular interests in sports concussion, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers examining these and other topics. He is the recipient of the 2014 American Psychological Association Early Career Award in Neuropsychology.  He is a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame.  He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Sports Neuropsychology Society.  Among others, his work is supported by the National Hockey League and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Faculty Research Mentors  

Dr. Janette Berkley-Patton – Dr. Berkley-Patton is working on a pilot trial that evaluates the feasibility and impact of a religiously-tailored, multilevel mental health screening, risk reduction, and linkage to care (LTC) intervention (Health Actions to Impact Mind and Soul; Healthy AIMS) with adult African American church and community members on mental health screening. The goals of the Healthy AIMS project are to: a) increase receipt of mental health screening (primary outcome), b) reduce mental health-related stigma, c) increase risk reduction behaviors (exercise and breathing), and d) reduce stress and anxiety among church-community members.

Dr. Bini Moorthy – My key interest areas are treatment resistant depression and modalities of treatment such as using Transcranial magnetic stimulation and EsKetamine in addition to other medications and psychotherapy. Also I would like to focus on role on TMS for PTSD and Anxiety disorders in the future.

Dr. Jared Bruce ( – Members of our Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory have interests that pertain to health neuropsychology. Currently, we have active research programs in: multiple sclerosis, concussion, adherence, obesity, exercise, and health decision making.  More information can be found on our website

Dr. Douglas Burgess – I work in addiction psychiatry and have particular expertise in treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).  I have considered a project where we would survey patient perceptions about pressure/reasons to discontinue treatment with buprenorphine (Suboxone).  I have around 200 patients I treat for OUD.

Dr. Stephen Jarvis – Balint Groups are a 50 year old psychodynamically informed experiental technique developed to increase genuine empathic attunement and job satisfaction in practicing physicians.  Multiple studies have demonstrated benefit in physicians, but have yet to be applied to community psychiatry caseworkers.  Community psychiatry caseworkers who work with the seriously and persistently mentally ill are at a high risk for burnout, cynicism, and turnover resulting in decreased quality of care and significant loss of revenues.  This study will exam the effect of weekly Balint group participation over the course of 6 months on caseworker’s empathy, job satisfaction, and turnover.

Dr. Seungsuk Kang – Dr. Kang uses high-density EEG recordings, multimodal neuroimaging (structural, diffusion, and functional MRIs), and experimental cognitive task paradigms to study: 1) Neural mechanisms of hallucinatory symptoms and cognitive deficits in psychotic disorders.  2) Abnormal interoceptive cerebral functions in affective mental disorders (PTSD, social anxiety disorder, depression, etc.).  3) Neural mechanisms of meditation and the development of optimized meditative interventions for affective mental disorders.

Dr. Keller-McDaniel – Dr. Keller-McDaniel is interested in the promotion and implementation of empirically supported clinical practice.  She is starting a line of program evaluation to collect and use psychotherapy outcome data that informs treatment and clinical practice needs.

Dr. Maria Otayza-Navato – My interests are in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry topics, Foster care and Community Mental Health, Telepsychiatry, Establishing Clinical  Practices, and Clinician Wellness.

Dr. Joah Williams –Dr. Williams has broad research and clinical interests in the area of traumatic stress, extending this work into the related areas of sexual violence, combat trauma, elder abuse, and traumatic grief. His program of research focuses on psychosocial and health consequences of trauma exposure and the development of traumatic stress prevention and early intervention programs.