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Clinical Research

We are conducting ongoing clinical research trials for mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar or manic-depression, attention deficit disorders, and schizophrenia. Most of our clinical studies involve taking medication and are approved by community Investigational Review Boards to ensure that they are conducted appropriately with your safety in mind. Dr. Michael Banov is the medical director and board certified clinical research investigator. We have been involved in clinical trials for over 20 years.

Most of our studies are conducted to determine the medication’s efficacy in comparison to a placebo.  Study visit, investigational drug/placebo, physical exam and necessary follow-up care may be provided at no cost to you.  Compensation for time and travel may be available for some studies.

We conduct studies in children, adolescents, adults, and individuals over 65 years of age.

Please call us at 770-422-2846 (Marietta) or 678-992-0109 (Roswell/Alpharetta) to see if you qualify or for more details.

Or email us: research@nbmedicine.com

Current Studies: 

What does being in a clinical research trial research involve?

There are many reasons why people choose to join a clinical trial. Some join a trial because the treatments they have tried for their health problem did not work. Others participate because there is no treatment for their health problem. By being part of a clinical trial, participants may find out about new treatments before they are widely available. Some studies are designed for, or include, people who are healthy but want to help find ways to prevent a disease, such as one that may be common in their family.

Many people say participating in a clinical trial is a way to play a more active role in their own health care. Other people say they want to help researchers learn more about certain health problems. Whatever the motivation, when you choose to participate in a clinical trial, you become a partner in scientific discovery. And, your contribution can help future generations lead healthier lives. Major medical breakthroughs could not happen without the generosity of clinical trial participants—young and old.

Here’s what happens in a trial:

  1. Study staff explain the trial in detail and gather more information about you.
  2. Once you have had all your questions answered and agree to participate, you sign an informed consent form.
  3. You are screened to make sure you qualify for the trial.
  4. If accepted into the trial, you schedule a first visit (called the “baseline” visit). The researchers conduct cognitive and/or physical tests during this visit.
  5. You are randomly assigned to a treatment or control group.
  6. You and your family members follow the trial procedures and report any issues or concerns to researchers.
  7. You may visit the research site at regularly scheduled times for new cognitive, physical, or other evaluations and discussions with staff. At these visits, the research team collects information about effects of the intervention and your safety and well-being.
  8. You continue to see your regular physician for usual health care throughout the study.

Research Staff

Dr. Banov is a triple board-certified Adult, Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatrist and is the medical director of Psych Atlanta/Northwest Behavioral Medicine and Northwest Behavioral Research Center. Northwest Behavioral Medicine is an outpatient behavioral health group practice providing comprehensive outpatient services to those suffering from a range of psychiatric problems. He is an assistant clinical professor at the Medical College of Georgia. He has been a certified clinical research investigator since 2002 by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ARCP).

He has been conducting clinical trials in psychiatric and other CNS disorders since 1994. He received his B.A. in Religion at Duke University and attended medical school at Emory School of Medicine. He completed an internship at University Hospital in Boston in Internal Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has conducted over 150 clinical research studies in all areas of psychiatry including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual dysfunction, weight management, addiction, and smoking cessation to name a few. He continues to see patients on a daily basis which gives him a unique perspective in integrating research findings into real world practice. He has authored over 25 scientific papers in the area of psychiatry. His practice is a training ground for medical students, residents, and master level nursing students interested in learning more about the outpatient practice of psychiatry. He is actively involved in screening patients, rating, and assessing safety in each study conducted at his site.

Contact: Tracy@nbmedicine.com

Tracy is one of our lead research coordinators with over ten years of clinical research experience in Phase I, II, and III trials. She has a Master of Science in clinical psychology with a specialization in Applied Research. She has worked in academic and private clinical research settings. She has experience in multiple therapeutic areas including Chronic Pain, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, and Psychiatry. She has extensive training and experience in regulatory, study start-up and close-out, primary study coordination, phlebotomy, written and verbal communication, administering and scoring medical and psychiatric assessments, and rapport development with subjects, families, and sponsors.

Contact: Jenniferk@nbmedicne.com

Jennifer is one of our lead research coordinators with over 13 years of working in clinical research as a study coordinator as well as a regulatory coordinator. She has significant experience working on inpatient and outpatient trials in many therapeutic areas including psychiatric, endocrinology, cardiovascular, and pulmonary for all phases of clinical trials from Phase I to Phase IV. Responsibilities have spanned the full duration of studies from start-up including initial regulatory submission to close out. She is ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator since 2011.


Contact: gayle@nbmedicine.com

Gayle is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and Registered Nurse (RN) with 25 years of experience with clinical trials.  Her areas of experience include Psychiatry, Respiratory, GI and Vaccine. She has been a research coordinator in allergy and asthma trials for 15 years before changing to the field of psychiatry and CNS disorders. She currently coordinates clinical trials in Psychiatry and administers Ketamine infusions at Northwest Behavioral Medicine.  She has built strong relationships with her patients and truly enjoys working with them.  Prior to research and clinical trials, she has worked as a hospital staff RN, outpatient surgery, and also in oncology administering chemotherapy.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and traveling, with one of her favorite get away spots being the beautiful, sunny, white beaches of Destin, Florida.

Contact: amy@nbmedicine.com

Amy has over 10 years of experience with clinical trials. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Public Health. She is CCRP certified through the Society of Clinical Research Professionals since 2013. Her therapeutic areas include Neurology, Alzheimer’s/ memory disorders, and other CNS diseases. She has also worked in neuropathic illnesses, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, pain, COPD, and Osteoporosis. Her passion is in the treatment of mental health disorders. She has worked in all phases of clinical trials including start-up, regulatory, coordinating, laboratory, recruitment, and close-out in more than 50 clinical trials across Florida and Georgia.  She is currently working on a second Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Amy believes in helping those in need and has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations. She has worked with Cobb & Douglas Public Health to bring them into compliance with the FDA Program Standard 5: Foodborne Illness and Food Defense Preparedness and Response, making Cobb County the first county in the State of GA to achieve this task.

Contact: brenda@nbmedicine.com

Brenda serves as the Director of Research at Northwest Behavioral Research Center with over 23 years working in clinical research as a study coordinator. She has also worked as a Regulatory and Quality Assurance Manager with large global/multinational studies (Phase II, III and IV). She has significant experience working in many therapeutic areas including Allergy/Immunology, Sleep Disorders, Psychiatry, Hypertension, Arthritis, and CNS Diseases. Her responsibilities have spanned the full duration of studies from start-up including budgets and contracts to project close-out and review. She has managed and trained others to perform regulatory and coordinating duties and has been ACRP certified since 1995.

Sub Investigators

Dr. Mark Banov is Medical Director of the Atlanta Center for ADHD and Wellstep Addiction Treatment Center. Dr. Banov has extensive clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and serves as Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator I for FDA-regulated research studies on new treatments for ADHD and other neurobehavioral conditions including generalized anxiety disorder and depression.

He graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health where he received a Master of Public Health degree. Dr. Banov received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine as well as the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Banov is a Professional Member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, CHADD, and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (ASPARD).

He is an active member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Association of Atlanta.

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