Mission Statement

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics’s mission is to study the etiology of psychiatric, substance use, and major biomedical disorders that have a significant behavioral component. Our foci are genetic epidemiology, molecular genetics/genomics, and the development of statistical methods and software to analyze data. We aim to understand the interplay of genetic, environmental and other factors in behavioral and mental health, to educate the next generation of researchers, and to share findings with the scientific community via publications and conference presentations.