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Centers & Institutes

For nearly two decades, the CARES Institute has provided help and compassion–and ultimately, hope–for children who have experienced abuse. The CARES Institute is acknowledged as a model of excellence in healing children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect and violence.

Since 1989, the Center for Aging, a recognized "center of excellence" based at Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan-SOM), has served older individuals and their families, providing medical care in varied settings and offering training for health professionals of multiple disciplines.

The focus of this Center of Excellence within the Department of Cell Biology is the development of promising innovative approaches to treat neurological disorders such as Canavan Disease, Tay Sachs Disease, Sandhoff Disease and Alzheimers Disease. The Center's Director is Paola Leone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cell Biology.

The center offers a variety of services that target diseases affecting the neuromuscular system. At our comprehensive pain center we evaluate and treat both acute and chronic pain. Our doctors have a special interest in low back pain, spinal injuries and neuropathic injuries. We have onsite physical therapy and athletic trainers through the Wellness Center. We work very closely with the Orthopedic and Osteoscience physicians to provide a comprehensive approach to pain management.

Over the years, the Department of Family Medicine has made great strides in the area of medical weight loss and metabolic control. The Department took an urgent health care need that is integrally reflected in both the Healthy 2010 and Healthy 2020 reports, and created innovative clinical and academic programs to respond to the growing problem of obesity. While the initial focus was to develop clinical approaches to overweight and obesity, the program scope has since expanded to address co-morbid medical conditions, including metabolic control. The approach is comprehensive, recognizing the significant role played by lifestyle factors. Also incorporated has been a focus on outcomes assessment, positioning the Department to conduct research, and education of students, residents and faculty to prepare them to address weight control in their own practices. The Center Director, Adarsh K. Gupta, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, is certified in medical bariatrics and has the training and skills needed for the successful implementation of this important center.

RISN Behavioral Health the Department of Psychiatry

RISN Behavioral Health (formerly the Center of Excellence for Mental Health Treatment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (MHID) has been dedicated to the special needs of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities who also have psychiatric disorders (Dually Diagnosed), who may demonstrate symptoms of psychiatric disorders and may respond to psychiatric medications in ways different from neurotypical patients, and their families. Our team of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Psychologists provide a multi-professional approach with is unique in New Jersey. The Center is home to four distinct programs; Dually Diagnosed Adults, Dually Diagnosed Children and Adolescents, Mental Health Program for Abused and Neglected Individuals, and a Crisis Prevention Program for Dually Diagnosed Persons serving Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. We are a national model for the diagnosis and care of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities who also have psychiatric disorders (Dually Diagnosed Persons).