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Adult and Child Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track

The Department of Psychiatry is one of the leading research departments in the country and annually ranks in the top 20 in NIH/federally-funded research grants. To facilitate the development of psychiatrists who excel as clinicians and scientists, the Department has created a specialized Adult and Child Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track (RT). Through formal instruction, mentorship, and the completion of a research project, RT residents have a structured, supportive pathway towards scientific and professional development in psychiatric neuroscience.

The training involves 5 years of integrated and specialized clinical and research training with protected research time in years 3-5 of the residency, designed to progressively increase (e.g., 30-40 percent in the PGY 3 year, 70 percent in the PGY 4 year and 80-90 percent in PGY 5 year). In addition, post-residency fellowship training may be recommended, if appropriate. The goal of the RT is to ideally position the RT graduate to be competitive for a career development grant (‘K Award’) that will facilitate the transition into a tenure-track faculty position.

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Opportunities and benefits afforded to RT residents include:

  • Supportive, structured process and plan to link the RT resident with appropriate research mentor(s)
  • Monthly workshop (‘Colloquium for Junior Scholars) dedicated to RT residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty focused on scientific and career development topics
  • Formal protected research time away from clinical training obligations
  • Pilot funding for lab supplies, other research project costs, and travel expenses to attend scientific conferences
  • Assistance and support for applications for Travel Awards to scientific conferences, NIH Loan Repayment Program, and other awards to enhance extramural training (e.g, NIMH ‘Brain Camp’)
  • NIH NIMH-supported T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in the Neuroscience of Mental Health
  • Masters of Science degree in Neuroscience or Masters in Public Health (MPH) during the training period when appropriate
  • Constructive internal review of applications for career development and pilot grants
  • Salary augmentation (e.g., stipend) in years 3-5 of the RT residency

Select Awards and Publications from current/recent RT residents:

  • Zhubi A, Chen Y, Dong E, Cook EH, Guidotti A, Grayson DR. Increased binding of MeCP2 to the GAD1 and RELN promoters may be mediated by an enrichment of 5-hmC in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cerebellum. Translational Psychiatry (2014) 4, e349
  • Tadayonnejad R, Yang S, Kumar A, Ajilore O. Multimodal brain connectivity analysis in unmedicated late-life depression. PLoS One. (2014) Apr 24;9(4):e96033.
  • Reza Tadayon-Nejad, M.D, Ph.D., Society of Biological Psychiatry 2014 Chairman’s Choice Award
  • Reza Tadayon-Nejad, M.D., Ph.D., American Psychiatric Association 2014 Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators
  • Christina Floreani, M.D., Ph.D., American Psychiatric Association 2014 Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators
  • Tushar Advani, M.D., Ph.D., American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 2014 Resident Travel Scholarship
  • Kelley Volpe, M.D, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2013 Educational Outreach Award
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