Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Research

Roadmap to research



In support of individuals' scholarly contributions to the professional field of mental health, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center (LLUBMC) has created a program for those interested in conducting clinical research. The goal is to apply the newfound knowledge gained by the research so diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency can be further enhanced.

LLUBMC provides several research opportunities in their state-of-the-art facility where patients can receive a full range of services in multiple levels of treatment including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment. Furthermore, LLUBMC offers the unique advantage of specialized programs treating children, adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from a variety of mental health issues including:

  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Chronic pain and medication dependency
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse issues
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Spirituality
  • Developmental issues
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Alzheimer's and dementia
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other emotional and behavioral health problems


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

1. Are a faculty member from Loma Linda University (LLU) or other universities, students from LLU or other universities, and researchers from other agencies

2. Abide by all LLUBMC regulations

Research process

1.  Obtain, complete, and submit the Loma Linda University Institutional Review Board Application.

2. Obtain, complete, and submit the Request to Conduct Research at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center form for approval by the LLU institutional review board and the LLUBMC research committee.

3. Once approved, investigator(s) are required to supply the LLUBMC research committee with a brief report of the progress being made on the project.

4. Upon completion of the project, investigator(s) are required to submit a written summary of the results and conclusions of the project to the committee.

Published Research

Haskard, K., Banta, J., Williams, S., Haviland, M., DiMatteo, R., Przekop, P., Werner, L., and Anderson, D. (2008). Binge drinking, poor mental health and adherence to treatment among California adults with asthma. Journal of Asthma.

Sorajjakool, S., Aja, V., Chilson, B., Ramirez-Johnson, J., Earll, A. (2008). Disconnection, depression, and spirituality: A study of the role of spirituality and meaning in the lives of individuals with severe depression. Pastoral Psychology.

Sorajjakool, S., Thompson, K., Aveling, A., and Earl, A. (2006). Chronic pain, meaning and spirituality: A qualitative study of the healing process in relation to the role of meaning and spirituality. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 60(4).

Sigrid, James et. al. (2010). Post-discharge services and psychiatric rehospitalization among children and youth.  Journal of Administration Policy in Mental Health.

Warnell, R. and Thompson, A. (In press). Propofol interruption of ECT seizure to reduce side-effects: A pilot study. Psychiatry Research.

Contact information

Phone (909) 558-9271


Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
1710 Barton Road
Redlands, CA 92373

Take the I-10 freeway to the California Street exit and go south. Turn left on Barton Road. Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center is on the northeast corner of Terracina Street and Barton Road.