Engagement. Expertise. Results.

CenExel Centers of Excellence offer world-class quality and experience. CBH champions that standard.

CenExel CBH has been leading the CNS clinical research industry for 25 years.

CenExel CBH is a provider of comprehensive behavioral health services in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. We are staffed with qualified mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses. We have conducted over 350 clinical trials at our state-of-the-art research facilities located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We are a CenExel Center of Excellence, assuring unparalleled patient engagement, staff expertise, and valuable results.

CenExel CBH has an extensive background of hundreds of clinical trials.
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CenExel CBH merged all inpatient and outpatient facilities into a 20,000 square foot space.
CenExel CBH has a proven record in recruiting, exceeding 100% of patient target.
CenExel CBH leadership guides the CenExel Psychiatric Scientific Advisory Board.
CenExel CBH trains staff via pilot studies and diverse methodology training
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CenExel CBH serves a region of 6.2M people with a large demographic diversity.

Center Leadership

Dr. Robert Litman

Robert E Litman, MD

Medical Director and Principal Investigator
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Robert E. Litman, M.D., is the Medical Director and Principal Investigator for all clinical trials at CenExel CBH. He developed his interest in the treatment of schizophrenia at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he completed his residency in Psychiatry. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, as a Senior Staff Fellow remaining at NIH until 1995, where he continued to pursue his interest in schizophrenia, including investigating the effects of atypical neuroleptics biological and genetic markers in schizophrenia, as well as the development of better combination therapies for schizophrenia using the alpha-2 antagonist idazoxan. After leaving the NIH, he formed his own clinical trials research organization, first in conjunction with area hospitals, and then as a free-standing inpatient and outpatient clinical research organization now known as CenExel CBH. Since then he has conducted over 300 Phase I-IV clinical trials and has participated in many of the important advances in pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

Dr. Litman has an extensive background in psychopharmacology, the evaluation and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer disease. He serves as a consultant in psychopharmacology to many area hospitals and group practices, has over 30 academic publications, and frequently speaks about new advances in the field of psychopharmacology, and on the current issues regarding drug development for psychiatric illness. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, (where he teaches and trains Psychiatry residents) and a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Diplomate, Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Daniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle

Vice President and General Manager
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As the Vice President and General Manager, Daniel Coyle is in charge of CenExel CBH and leads all operations and business development activities, ensuring excellent delivery of clinical trial services. Previously, Daniel was leading patient recruitment at the site and continues to establish and maintain relationships with local hospitals, outpatient clinics, mental health organizations, and physicians. Prior to his involvement with CenExel CBH, Daniel worked in the Adventist and Medstar Health systems for over 10 years, where he gained extensive experience with psychiatrically ill patients in inpatient settings.

Elia Acevedo-Diaz, MD

Principal Investigator
301-251-4702, ext 3218
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Elia E. Acevedo-Diaz, M.D., developed her interest in the research and development of new therapeutics for psychiatric disorders at the National Institutes of Health, Intramural Program. She joined the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as a clinical fellow after completing 3 years of psychiatry residency at Boston University. During her time at the NIMH, she participated in important advances in pharmacotherapy of treatment resistant depression. She has an extensive background in psychopharmacology and the evaluation and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, and schizophrenia. She has several academic publications and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Lauren White

Lauren White

Director of Business Development
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Lauren White is the Director of Business Development at CenExel ACMR and CenExel CBH (both private, dedicated research facilities). CenExel ACMR and CenExel CBH are part of the CenExel Centers of Excellence collaboration of sites. For nearly four decades, CenExel ACMR and CenExel CBH have been dedicated to assisting pharmaceutical companies find new cures to help patients better manage their healthcare through performing over 2000 clinical trials. Lauren started as a research assistant and coordinator for CenExel ACMR before gaining additional research experience on the Winship Phase 1 oncology team at Emory University. Lauren rejoined CenExel ACMR and CenExel CBH in 2016.

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Our Centers of Excellence provide unparalleled medical and scientific support in the design and execution of clinical trials. Our attention to detail assures quality, reliable results, and has helped CenExel to consistently achieve and exceed patient recruitment goals. We deliver the expertise, engagement, and results to ensure our clients achieve their clinical research goals.

To speed up study implementation, we provide centralized budgeting and contracting for sponsors engaging multiple Centers of Excellence. The geographic diversity of our network offers strong access to roughly 35 million subjects while our broad therapeutic expertise enables a variety of clinical trial strengths.

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