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Scholarship, in its broadest definition, is an integral component of residency training. Recognizing that no dominant scientific approach presently explains all psychiatric conditions, we view research as an essential element in the:

  • Ongoing development of psychiatry as a medical discipline
  • Training of future psychiatrists as clinicians and/or investigators

Major research themes in our department include: Study and Prevention of Suicide; Psychoneuroimmunology; Women’s Mental Health; Interpersonal Violence; Family Research; Preventive and Symptomatic Therapeutics for Dementia; Deaf Wellness; Sleep and Neurophysiology; Treatment of Seriously Mentally Ill Persons; and Psychotherapy Comparative Effectiveness Research. For more detail about our extensive research portfolio, please explore Department of Psychiatry research and resources.

Resident Research

Although it is not required, we encourage all residents to participate in supervised independent research. Residents who wish to present at a national meeting may apply for up to $500 in departmental funding. They may also use their annual professional stipend to fund attendance at national meetings.

Each PGY-4 resident is expected to prepare a publication-quality scholarly paper. This work, which may be based on the resident’s own research or an innovative or scholarly literature review, is presented at Grand Rounds. Close collaboration with an assigned supervisor/mentor is an essential component of this experience.