Department of Psychiatry

Be Well Center

Welcome to the Behavioral Wellness Center for Clinical Trials web page! This page is designed to provide information for patients, the community and research sponsors about the ongoing research protocols being conducted through our center. The faculty and staff at the Be Well Center are dedicated to conducting quality research of the highest ethical standards. We aim to promote scientific research which will help contribute to understanding the causes of mental illness and the most effective treatments.


We currently have studies investigating Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse treatments. For details please see the Research Projects link.

About Us


John Roach, PhD

John D. Roache. Ph.D.
Scientific Director

John D. Roache, Ph.D. is Director of the Behavioral Wellness (Be Well) Center for Clinical Trials and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Interim Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction. His research expertise is in understanding the behavioral biology of addictive behavior and in designing and conducting Phase I, II, and III clinical trials to develop new treatments for addiction. Through the Be Well Center, he is using these skills to support faculty research in the broader areas of Psychiatric and Mental Health promotion.The Behavioral Wellness Center for Clinical Trials is a clinical research core operation of the Department of Psychiatry designed to support the clinical research objectives of the faculty in the department. The Center is staffed with the clinical research specialists and licensed professionals experienced in Clinical Trials Investigations.Expert staff provide comprehensive support for all fiscal, regulatory, data management, and clinical conduct functions required for Phase I, II, and III Clinical Trials. Both internally– and externally-sponsored clinical studies are conducted in strict compliance with all ethical and regulatory standards.The Be Well Center strives to:


  • Establish a friendly and supportive environment where research patients are our customers
  • Provide expert staff and comprehensive core clinical research services to support faculty research investigations involving clinical patients
  • Lead the way for professional research scholars to participate in medications development Research
  • Develop safe and effective treatments to improve the lives of patients with psychiatric illness


Investigator Services:


  • Provide support and industry-contract studies to qualified clinical faculty
  • Provide resource information to support the preparation of NIH grant applications
  • Assist with the negotiation/finalization of contracts and budgets
  • Obtain all necessary federal, state, institutional and sponsor-related regulatory approvals and documentation
  • Assist in the execution of the clinical studies in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP), under the direction of the Principal Investigator, while maintaining communications with the IRB, DSMB, and the sponsor
  • Perform data entry, cleaning and verification
  • Provide support in the preparation and submission of regular process and final reports required by the sponsor and by regulatory organizations

If you are interested in participating in our research:

please contact us at 210-562-5400.