STARR Certified Sites

Mental health clinical research is a particularly challenging area within research and the sites that work within this area do so because they are driven to help those with mental health disorders, despite the added complexity. Many of these sites have chosen to become STARR Certified to be part of a network of stakeholders that are employing standardized best practices and are advancing mental health clinical research by:

  • cultivating community engagement;
  • promoting research as an option for all;
  • strengthening communication between research site staff and patients, caregivers, and advocacy groups;
  • sharing their expertise with the Certified site community.

The following sites are STARR Certified:

Founded in 2012, by Jelena Kunovac, M.D., M.S., Altea Research Institute conducts Phase II to IV studies, focusing on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Kunovac, along with Associate Medical Director Mustafa Rawaf, D.O.. are passionate about working in under-served communities and indigent populations in and around Las Vegas, Nevada.


The Atlanta Center for Medical Research (ACMR) conducts medical research from phase 0/1 first-in-human trials through phase 4 trials of both medical and behavioral treatments. The organization provides full service medical research, from top-ranked participant recruitment through ultra-secure biorepository storage and medical record keeping, and everything in between, all at a state-of-the-art open-source facility.


CBH Health is a well-respected and well recognized psychiatric clinical trials research center in Gaithersburg, MD. We accept patients nationwide, and have transportation available for patients from the Baltimore-Washington metro area, as well as for the surrounding areas including Germantown, Frederick, Rockville, Bethesda, and Silver Spring.  CBH Health has conducted over 350 clinical trials and provides comprehensive behavioral health services in their 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facility.


Since 1996, CNS Healthcare has been a dependable research partner for sponsors and CRO’s. With three independent research centers located in Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, and Memphis, TN, the CNS Healthcare staff is dedicated to the highest integrity, quality and ethical standards, without exception.
The Jacksonville, FL facility offers a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art research site with 6 in-house primary investigators.

The CNS Healthcare Memphis site serves over 2 million people in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee area; Arkansas and Mississippi for Phase 1-4 pediatric to geriatric clinical trials. All of the CNS Healthcare site are supported by a centralized Support team, which works hand-in-hand with each site’s clinical teams to enhance operations, quality assurance, regulatory, marketing, business development, accounting and information technology at each research site. This team brings together highly experienced and specialized professionals who have decades of experience in their respective fields as well as healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

The CNS Healthcare Orlando site opened it’s doors in 1996 and has over 9,000 sq. ft. devoted to research, serving over 3 million people in the Central Florida area.  With state-of-the-art facilities and 6 in-house primary investigators, the Orlando clinical research site offers expertise in a wide range of therapeutic areas.


Hassman Research Institute (HRI) (Berlin, NJ) is a leading clinical research organization that conducts both inpatient and outpatient Phase I-IV clinical trials in a wide variety of CNS, Healthy, and medical therapeutic areas. HRI’s highly trained and experienced staff, including four board certified clinical investigators, are dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of quality results in the trials they conduct.


Hassman Research Institute‘s Marlton, NJ facility is an expansive 21,000 square feet and is configured with 60 inpatient beds. In addition, the unit has 3 CLIA waived processing laboratories, a pharmacy with laminar flow hood, private dosing rooms, EEG, PSG and ERP rooms, procedure and recovery rooms and patient population segregation wards.This array of resources and services allows HRI to continue to be one of the industry leaders executing early phase clinical trials.


iResearch Atlanta is a multi-specialty clinical research center, located in Downtown Decatur. We offer a beautiful, comfortable environment for our study volunteers, patients and caregivers. We are dedicated to making a difference in our local and global community through the study of new medications for mental health and medical illnesses affecting our community.


iResearch Savannah is quickly becoming the #1 clinical research site in the greater metro Savannah area. Built by a team of dedicated research professionals, iResearch Savannah has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and medical device research. We offer expertise across a wide range of therapeutic studies in Phases II-IV.


Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research is a cutting-edge research facility run by Shishuka Malhotra MD, who has conducted over 200 clinical research trials. Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research is located in North Canton, Ohio, and offers both in-patient and out-patient facilities.


Pillar Clinical Research is a multi-specialty research organization established in 2006 and has been serving the greater Dallas, Chicago, and Bentonville areas, providing best in class clinical research services. We have highly trained and skilled clinical research staff committed to providing each participant with an exceptional level of care and attention. Pillar Clinical Research, LLC, was formed to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the community.


Based in the greater Dallas area, the Pillar Richardson office is the flagship site for Pillar and has Phase 1-4 capabilities with a dedicated outpatient and a 20 bed inpatient research unit. The site also collaborates with Medical City Green Oaks Hospital for studies that require traditional psychiatric inpatient unit settings.


Pillar Clinical Research’s Lincolnwood office is based on the north side of Chicago. Pillar Chicago has outpatient, a 7 bed inpatient research unit, access to a traditional inpatient psychiatric unit, to allow for its Phase 1-4 capabilities. The site is strategically located to serve the city & suburban areas of Chicago.


Located in northwest Arkansas, Pillar’s Bentonville facility is located in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. The modern facility includes a 24 bed unit with experienced clinical research staff, capable of conducting both inpatient and outpatient Phase 1-4 clinical trials. We are proud of our track record and will continue to strive for excellence through maintaining the highest standards in ethics, clinical care, cutting edge research, and organizational commitment.


The Research Centers of America (RCA) is a privately owned, multi-specialty research site that conducts Phase I – IV clinical trials.  RCA’s clinical team has conducted over 1,000 clinical trials and has built a solid reputation over the years by dedicating ourselves to be a truly exceptional, best-in-class clinical research site contributing to the development of new medications by conducting trials at the highest ethical standards.


Segal Trials, founded in 1998, is a privately held network of seven research sites throughout South Florida and South Carolina conducting Phase I-IV research trials with a primary emphasis on psychiatry, neurology, addiction, insomnia and women’s health. Staying true to its core values of quality, customer service, advocacy and patient care, the Segal Trials team remains agile and competitive, expanding and growing based on the needs of its sponsors and patients.


Segal Trials’ extensive HIPAA-compliant patient database has over 20,000 patients and is allied with Compass Health Systems, which helps them meet and exceed enrollment goals. Segal staff are among the leaders in their field and Segal Trials is regarded as an innovator and a leader in the advancement of medicine with a strong dedication to the community it serves by spreading awareness about clinical trials as a potential care option.


Synergy San Diego is a medical research facility located in Lemon Grove, California, where we have been conducting clinical research studies for over 18 years. Our team is dedicated to finding solutions to diseases and disorders that afflict millions of people around the world, including depression, diabetes, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s disorder.


Woodland International Research Group is a leading clinical research site, having successfully completed 90 studies and becoming the top enroller in 15 studies worldwide. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, Woodland International offers a 12,000 square foot research facility designed specifically for the comfort and safety of all subjects participating in its clinical trials.  Woodland International is part of the Evolution Research Group.

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