Completed Research Projects

Our fellows have successfully completed, published and presented research on a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, therapy modalities and educational approaches.

2021

Fellow Project Mentor

Nida Khawaja, MD

“Milk and Soda Consumption and Depression in the Adolescent Population”

Alex Cogswell, PhD

Byung San Kwak, B. Med.

“Pilot Study of Using the Affective Slider in Routine Care in Assessing Depression and Anxiety Levels in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Patients”

Alex Cogswell, PhD

Salman Salaria, MBBS

“Correlates of Missed Appointments in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic”

Mike Adragna, MD
Alex Cogswell, PhD

2019-2021 Group Quality Improvement project

Drs. Khawaja, Kwak and Salaria

“Using Graphs to Track Patients' PHQ9 Scores to Improve Remission Times in MDD”

Sourav Sengupta, MD

2020

Fellow Project Mentor
Kiran Khalid, MBBS "How well do caregivers recall recommendations made by an impatient pediatric consult-liaison psychiatry service: Results and recommendations after a survey of families seen by the psychiatry service at a Pediatric Hospital" Beth Smith, MD
Amber Parden, MD "A Quality Improvement Teaching Initiative for Mental Health Clinic Providers" Alex Cogswell, PhD
Fellowship Class of 2018-2020 Group QI Project "Improving Intradisciplinary Communication" Alex Cogswell, PhD.
Beth Smith, MD
Elizabeth Sengupta, MAT

2019

Fellow Project Mentor
Isuan Asikhia, MD "The Utility of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Informed Therapy in a Medication Management Visit" Michael Adragna, MD
Lovejit Kaur, MBBS "Reflection on Recent Trends in Child Psychiatry Training Programs" Sourav Sengupta, MD
Albert Thomas, MD "Improving the Adherence Rate of Metabolic Monitoring of Patients on Atypical Antipsychotics at the OCH Children's Psychiatry Clinic Through the Use of a Visual Checklist" Michael Adragna, MD
Fellowship Class of 2017-2019 Group QI Project "Neuroscience psychoeducation in ADHD as a tool to improve medication adherence: a quality improvement study" Alex Cogswell, PhD.
Sourav Sengupta, MD
Beth Smith, MD

2018

Fellow Project Mentor
Sarah Gibbons, MB BCh BAO “Exploring the Impact of a Comprehensive Structured Fitness Program on Mental Health in Children Diagnosed with Cancer” Robert Bateson
Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Sarah Gibbons, MB BCh BAO
Jessica Grudzien, MD
Rebecca Hicks, MD

“Use of Sleep Hygiene Psychoeducational Material in Children’s Psychiatry Clinic”

2016-2018 group quality improvement project

Alex Cogswell, PhD
Sourav Sengupta, MD
Beth A. Smith, MD
Jessica Grudzien, MD “Mindfulness Based Curriculum to Reduce Use of Restraints and Seclusions: A Quality Improvement Project” Alex Cogswell, PhD
Rebecca Hicks, MD “What’s Going On With This Kid?: Difficulties In Conceptualizing and Untangling Diagnosis in a High Functioning Older Adolescent with Acute Onset, Severe School Refusal” David L. Kaye, MD

2017

Fellow Project Mentor
Raymond Chankalal, MD “The Comorbidity of ADHD and Child Asthma: Effects on Asthma Disease Severity, Pulmonary Function and the Autonomic Nervous System” Bruce D. Miller, MD
Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Navpreet Kaur, MD “Addressing Burnout in Resident Physicians” Jennifer L. Haak, MD
Joshua Russell, MD “Foster Care: Attachment, Development and Mental Health” Alex Cogswell, PhD
Peter S. Martin, MD, MPH

2016

Fellow Project Mentor
Aditi Parashar, MBBS “Use of Social Media Among Youth: Effects, Risks and Opportunities for Body Image Concerns: A Literature Review” Michael S. Adragna, MD
Alex Cogswell, PhD
Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Ashish Tambar, MD “Patient Care Reminders to Improve Outpatient Follow-Up: Quality Improvement Project” Alex Cogswell, PhD
Sourav Sengupta, MD
Beth A. Smith, MD

2015

Fellow Project Mentor
Muneer Ali, DO “Stimulant Medication Management in the Treatment of ADHD: Optimizing Adherence with Practice Parameters through the Creation and Implementation of a Clinical Protocol” David L. Kaye, MD
Michael DiGiacomo, MD

“What’s in a Name?”

Presented at UB Scholarly exchange day, won “Best Clinical Research” Award

Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas; Oct. 2015

Alex Cogswell, PhD
Melissa Perry, MD “Case Series of 25I-NBOMe Intoxication at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo” Peter S. Martin, MD
Beth A. Smith, MD

2014

Fellow Project Mentor
Ritu Goel, MD “Effects of Parent Group Psycho-education Workshops on Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” David L. Kaye, MD
Beth A. Smith, MD
Sadaf Islam, MD “Providing Cross-Cultural Care in Psychiatry – A resident's perspective” Alex Cogswell, PhD
Usha Piryani, MD “Mindfulness Foundations for Residents” Kim Dobson, MD
Ricardo E. Romero, MD “A Case of Encephalitis Associated with NMDA Receptor Antibodies” Beth A. Smith, MD

2013

Fellow Project Mentor
Zhanna Elberg, MD

“The Effects of Journal Club Restructuring on Resident Satisfaction in a Psychiatric Residency Program”

Presented at ACGME Conference

Cynthia A. Pristach, MD
Rebecca Schaeffer, MD “Cognitive Decline in Early Adolescence: Diagnostic Considerations” Bruce Bleichfeld, PhD

2012

Fellow Project Mentor
Abiola Adelaja, MD “Childhood Trauma in Immigrant Youths Who End Up in the Juvenile Justice System – Under-diagnosis or Missed Treatment? A case report”

Daniel Antonius, PhD

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Antigone Kostas, MD “Gender and Sex: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Reflections on Transgender Implications” Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Aryan Wahab, MD “Sleep Disorders in Children: Underlying Mechanisms and their Role in Treatment.”

Bruce D. Miller, MD

T. Williams, MD

2011

Fellow Project Mentor
Yakov Sherk, MD

“Liquid Melatonin Dispensed Via a Gastrostomy Tube for Severe Sleep Disturbance in a Hospitalized Child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder”

Published: Sherk, Yakov, Smith, Beth A, Miller Bruce D, Letter to the editor, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21 (3): 291-293

Beth A. Smith, MD
Maria L. Oliveira, MD

“Autonomic Dysregulation in Children with Somatization: A Pilot Study”

Presented: Poster presentation, AACAP, October 2011, Toronto, ON

Awarded: AACAP Pilot Research Award (Eli Lilly)

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

Michael T. Guppenberger, MD

“A Prospective Naturalistic Study of Outpatient Follow Up After an Acute Psychiatric Hospitalization on an Adolescent Inpatient Unit”

Presented: Poster presentation, AACAP, October 2011, Toronto, ON

Beth A. Smith, MD

2010

Fellow Project Mentor
Aimee DiPasqua, MD “Mental Health Awareness in Middle School Educators: A Literature Search and Preliminary Needs Assessment” Darci Cramer-Benjamin, PhD
Ruben Gagarin, MD “Bipolar Disorder: An Evolutionary Perspective” Marion Schuchman, MD

2009

Fellow Project Mentor
Yadvinder Sandhu, MD “Is There Value in the Constructs of Family Enmeshment, Disengagement and Cohesion?” Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Denise Giessert, MD “Animal-Assisted Therapy in Children and Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders” Beth A. Smith, MD
Matthew McKenna, MD “Psychological Consequences of Mutation Analysis Testing for Huntington’s Disease in Youths, an Ethical Perspective” David L. Kaye, MD
Opeoluwa Akinnusi, MD “Physician Monitoring for Second-Generation Antipsychotic Related Metabolic Syndrome in Pediatric Patients: How Are We Doing and Can We Do Better? A Pilot Study (Proposal)”

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

2008

Fellow Project Mentor
Shakeel Raza, MD “Retrospective Informative Literature Review Regarding Management of Obessive-Compulsive Disorder” James Waxmonsky, MD
Mohammad Siddiqui, MD “School Threat Assessment: A Review of the Literature and Discussion of Two School Systems’ Approaches” David L. Kaye, MD

2007

Fellow Project Mentor
Holly B. Mutton, MD “The Human Figure Drawing and Psychiatric Diagnosis”
IRB proposal
Darci Cramer-Benjamin, PhD
Amita Upadhyay, MD “Metabolic Effects of Olanzapine in Children and Adolescents” James Waxmonsky, MD
Balwant Nagra, MD “The Dilemma of Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in a Pediatric Population” James Waxmonsky, MD

2006

Fellow Project Mentor
Jennifer L. Haak, MD

“Personal Psychotherapy During Residency Training: A Pilot Survey of Psychiatric Residents”

Awarded: Freida Fromm Reichman Award, American Associaton of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, 2007

Published: Academic Psychiatry 2009; 33:323–32

David L. Kaye, MD
NiNi Hla, MD

“Association of Triangulation in Parental Conflict with Child Depression/Asthma”

Presented: AACAP, October 2006, San Diego, Calif.

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Barbara Yu-Siao, MD “A Cross-Sectional Study of Prevalence of Emotional Behavioral Disturbance in Children and Adolescents with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection” David L. Kaye, MD

2005

Fellow Project Mentor
Shabrin A. Haque, MD

“Pediatric Stress-Related Seizures: Conceptualization, Evaluation, and Treatment of Nonepileptic Seizures in Children and Adolescents.”

Published: Wood, B.L., Haque S., Weinstock A., Miller B.D. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 16 (5): 532-531 2004

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

Beth A. Smith, MD

“Depressive Symptoms in Children with Cystic Fibrosis and Parents: Its Effects on Adherence to Airway Clearance”

Awarded: AACAP Pilot Research Award (Eli Lilly)
Published: Smith BA, Modi AC, Quittner AL, Wood BL. Pediatric Pulmonology 2010; 45:756–763

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Milorad Vukovic, MD “Quetiapine-induced NASH Syndrome”
James Waxmonsky, MD

2004

Fellow Project Mentor
Michael R. Cummings, MD

“Pharmacologic Management of Behavioral Instability in Medically Ill Pediatric Patients”

Published: Cummings MR, Miller, BD. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, October 2004; 516-522

Bruce D. Miller, MD
Alicia Galecki, MD “Latin American Families and Mental Health Services:  An Analysis of Knowledge and Attitudes” Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Nasreen Rezak-Malik, MD “Jan Brady Revisited: A Proposal to Help Middle Chidlren Cope by Using Media Guided Assistance” David L. Kaye, MD
Jennifer Scarozza, MD

“Attachment Stability, Paternal Alcoholism and Infant Behavior”

Presented: APA Annual Meeting, May 2004, New York, N.Y.

Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD

2003

Fellow Project Mentor
Dasha Lekic, MD “A 5-year-old Presenting with Psychosis and Movement Disorder after Promethazine: Case Study and Literature Review”
James Waxmonsky, MD

2002

Fellow Project Mentor
Moshin Khalique, MD
“Integrating Individual and Family Treatment in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

2001

Fellow Project Mentor
Jon Sirkin, MD
“Family Court Judges Perceptions of Mental Health Professionals’ Evaluations” David L. Kaye, MD
Patrick Stein, MD
“Development of an Instrument to Assess Triangulation in Families and its effect on Physiological Reactivity in the Children Involved” Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

2000

Fellow Project Mentor
Diana Sanderson, MD
“Use of Mood Stabilizers in Hospitalized Adolescent Patients with Bipolar Disorder” James Waxmonsky, MD
Sergio Nivon, MD
“Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autism” James Waxmonsky, MD

1999

Fellow Project Mentor
Constantine Azarcon, MD
“Breathing Biofeedback Intervention for Children with Anxiety Disorders Beatrice L. Wood, PhD
Olufowobi Gbadebo, MD

“A Pilot Study of the Effect of Emotional Stimuli on Tic Severity in Children with Tourette’s Syndrome”

Published: Wood, B.L., Klebba, K, Gbadebo, O, Lichter, D., Kurlan, R. and Miller, B.D.:, Movement Disorders 18 (11) 1392-1395, 2003

Bruce D. Miller, MD

Beatrice L. Wood, PhD