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Department of Psychiatry

The OU-Tulsa Psychiatry Department is committed to enhancing the mental health of our community by investigating new and improved treatment methods through behavioral and clinical research studies, quality improvement projects, and case reports.

Our investigators are interested in issues such as adolescent depression and mental health, adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s), agitation management in inpatient settings, anxiety, behavior change models for obesity, burn-out, clinic efficiency, insomnia, smoking and medical illness, bipolar disorder, depression, delirium, exercise programs for behavioral health, hepatitis C, nightmares in children, psychotherapy, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, spirituality and mental health, and women’s health.

Our studies are conducted by research teams comprised of medical doctors, psychotherapists, research coordinators and assistants. Furthering the mission of the OU School of Community Medicine, many of our researchers work in collaborative teams with other departments at the University of Oklahoma and other institutions such as The Laureate Institute for Brain Research, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and others. We are interested not only in the development of new treatments, but also prevention, education, and the augmentation of already-existing treatment strategies that have the potential to improve the lives of Oklahomans in the communities we serve.

Our research study participants may receive medical and psychiatric evaluations, education, support, and referral for psychiatric illnesses. Participation is always voluntary and completely confidential. A thorough consent process is involved to ensure that participants understand the purpose of the study, procedures involved, and possible risks and benefits of participation. Those who qualify are carefully monitored over the course of participation to ensure their safety and well-being and the effectiveness of their treatment.

For more information about research in the Psychiatry Department at OU-Tulsa, please contact:

Michelle Matukewicz, MHR
Research Program Coordinator
Psychiatry Department
(918) 660-3118

Psychiatry Researchers

Ondria Gleason, MD
Professor and Chair

Research Interests:
Dr. Gleason’s research interests include comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, concurrent depression and hepatitis C, delirium and psychiatric best practices. 

Adult Pscyhiatrist

Ashley Walker, MD
Associate Professor
Residency Training Director

Research Interests:
Dr. Walker’s research interests include education/training and faculty development, especially in the areas of wellness and neuroscience.

Child Psychiatry

Jana Bingman, MD
Assistant Professor
Program Director, Child Psychiatry Fellowship
Oxley Foundation Chair in Child Psychiatry 

Research Interests:
Dr. Bingman’s research interests include all aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry but particularly the complexities of mood disorders.

Child Psychiatry

Tara Buck, MD
Associate Professor
Assistant Program Director, Child Psychiatry Fellowship
Oxley Foundation Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research

Research Interests:
Dr. Buck’s research interests include assessment and treatment of pediatric nightmares, neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, and quality improvement in graduate medical education for child psychiatry fellows.

Kim Coon, EdD
Director of Psychotherapy Education

Research Interests:
Dr. Coon’s current research interests are a continued focus on resident and student education, researching the effects of trauma on physical health and mental illness treatment in primary care, and trauma-informed education for providers. 


Kara Foster, MD
Assistant Professor
Oxley Foundation Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Education

Research Interests:
Dr. Foster’s research interests include pediatric PTSD, Attachment disorders, Somatic symptom and related disorders, and eating disorders. 


Kristy Griffith, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic  

Research Interests:
Dr. Griffith’s research and clinical interests include women’s mental health, complimentary alternative medicine for mental health, the interplay of physical and psychiatric health, and unusual manifestations of adverse drug reactions.


Andrew Liew, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry
Director, Medical Student Education
George Kaiser Family Foundation Professorship in Community Medicine

Research Interests:
Dr. Liew’s research interests include child and adolescent psychiatry and medical student education. 


Tessa Manning, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Saint Francis Consultation-Liaison Service

Research Interests:
Dr. Manning’s current research interests include patient agitation in an in-patient psychiatric clinic, and addiction.


Sarah McClanahan, DO
Assistant Professor
Director, IMPACT
Oxley Foundation Chair in the Program for Assertive Community Treatment

Research Interests:
Dr. McClanahan’s research interests include comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, wellness in both residents and patients, and collaborative care initiatives.


Jeffrey Owen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Dr. Owen’s research interests include wellness, physician burnout, comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, and psychiatric best practices. 

Kent Teague, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Teague serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and leads the research efforts at OU-Tulsa. He is also the Associate Dean for Research for the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. Dr. Teague specializes in studying the effects of psychosocial stress and chronic inflammation on the immune system and the downstream effects on health

Bryan K. Touchet, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs

Dr. Touchet’s current research interests are spirituality and mental health, factors affecting progression to indirect supervision among psychiatry interns, and teaching methodology innovations.

Active Research Projects

Buck, TR (Co-PI) - Clinical Outcomes of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares in Children (CBT-NC) (Clinical Trial)

Buck, TR (Sub-I) - Interprofessional Leadership Education Medium-term LEND Elective Course (Quality Improvement)

Gleason, OC (PI), Walker AE (Co-I) - Psychiatry Clinic 2x2 Continuity Project (Quality Improvement)

Manning, T (PI) – Retrospective Chart Review of Patient Data and Survey Analysis and Patient Perceptions of Safety for Quality Improvement After Implementation of an Agitation Rating Scale in an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital (Quality Improvement)

Walker, AE (Co-I) - A longitudinal study of protective and negative risk factors associated with burnout and wellbeing among OUSCM Faculty, Residents, Fellows, Staff, and Medical and Physician Assistant Students (Longitudinal Study)

Walker, AE (PI) - The Acceptability of Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing in Psychiatry Residency Program Recruitment Interviews (Pilot Study)

Recent Research Publications

Cromer, L. D., Stimson, J.#, Kimrey, M. R.#, Buck, T. R.# (in press). The scary truth of nightmare prevalence in a clinical sample of children and teens: Missed diagnoses?. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Galmoradi, K., Checketts, J. X.*, Moore, G., Vassar, M., Buck, T. R. (2018). Is the Right Research Being Done to Guide the Development of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Practice Parameters? J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 57(7), 516-518. PMID: 29960698. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.03.018.

Savitz JB, Teague TK, Misaki M, Macaluso M, Wurfel BE, Meyer M, Drevets D, Yates W, Gleason O, Drevets WC, Preskorn SH. Treatment of bipolar depression with minocycline and/or aspirin: an adaptive, 2×2 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, phase IIA clinical trial.Transl Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 24;8(1):27. doi: 10.1038/s41398-017-0073-7. PMID: 29362444

Walker AE, Fenstermacher E, Ross DA.Telomeres, Trauma, and Training. Biological Psychiatry. 2019 Nov 1;86:e29-e30. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.08.019. PMID: 31601364

Arbuckle MR, Travis MJ, Eisen J, Wang A, Walker AE, Cooper JJ, Neeley L, Zisook S, Cowley DS, Ross DA.

Transforming Psychiatry from the Classroom to the Clinic: Lessons from the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative. Academic Psychiatry. 2020 Feb;44(1):29-36. 10.1007/s40596-019-01119-6. Epub 2019 Dec 3. PMID: 31797322

Touchet B, Walker A, Flanders S, McIntosh H.

A Pilot Study Examining Factors Influencing Readiness to Progress to Indirect Supervision Among First Year Residents in a General Psychiatry Training Program. Academic Psychiatry. 2018 Apr;42(2):207-211. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0801-6. Epub 2017 Oct 5. PMID: 28983854

Liew A, Walker A. What To Say: Poverty, Parenting, and Psychiatry. National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative

Recent Research Posters and Presentations

Gleason, O.C. (2nd author) - Psychosis During Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C: A Case Study. Poster Presentation at the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 2018 Annual Meeting           

Walker, AE (Co-Presenter) Intern Year - The Board Game: An Educational Experience for Learning About Physician Wellness, Burnout, and Depression. Workshop at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, CA. May 19, 2019.

Walker, AE (Co-Presenter) - Neuroscience Curriculum Development Workshop. Workshop at the Society of Biological Psychiatry 73rd Annual Meeting, New York, NY. May 9, 2018.

Walker, AE (Presenter) - Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing: Using a Structured Interview Method to             

Enhance Residency and Fellowship Interviews. Workshop at the 48th Annual AADPRT Meeting, San Diego, CA. March 1, 2019.

Contact Us

For questions regarding research opportunities & resources, please contact the Department of Psychiatry Research Project Coordinator, Michelle Matukewicz, MHR, by email at or by phone at (918) 660-3118.

Psychiatry Researchers at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Laureate Institute

Jonathan Savitz, Ph.D.