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Research Training Tracks


Resident Elizabeth Calvin, MD and faculty member Laura Martin, MD

Integrated Track

This unique track within the psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry residencies integrates training in psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and research throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-5 years. This track leads to a 6th year of funded, full-time research in child & adolescent psychiatry. The primary goal of the integrated track is to prepare clinician-scientists for future academic roles in child psychiatry.



Joseph Sakai, MD
Program Director
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Research Track

This is a unique track within the psychiatry residency that incorporates research experiences and training throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years. Identification of a project and mentor begins early in the PGY-1 year, with protected time allotted for research in all 4 years. This track maximizes research time and training concurrently with acquiring clinical competence in psychiatry; its goal is to develop clinician-scientists for future academic roles in psychiatry.


Joseph Sakai, MD
Program Director
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Shaping the next generation of critical thinkers

While some residents do more intense research through the Integrated Track or Research Track, all complete a scholarly project which may include participation in the Department's annual poster show or submission to a national journal or meeting.

The goal of our scholarly program is to prepare psychiatrists to critically evaluate scientific literature and how that literature drives evidence-based practice apply the basic principles of research to clinical questions they encounter in their practice develop an area of expertise relevant to their career goals become lifelong learners and scholars 


The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG)

The The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG) is an interdepartmental and interinstitutional group with a core membership of approximately 30 members. In addition to members, numerous other faculty and trainees attend our meetings. Anyone interested in developmental psychobiology is welcome to attend meetings and become a member of DPRG. Members are entitled to apply for grants from the Developmental Psychobiology Endowment Fund to support their research. Meetings are held on the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of each month, September through May from 10:00-11:45 am in CPH Room 2K08.

The DPRG was awarded an endowment in 1975, which has been subject to periodic renewal. The most recent renewal was completed in 1999 and will provide funding for the group’s activities through 2009. The strong support of the department and the medical school was crucial to this renewal. The endowment is used to provide small around $5,000) grants to:

    • Facilitate research of young investigators
    • Facilitate new research
    • Provide emergency one-time support for ongoing projects
    • Provide seed money for collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects
    • Fund special projects of the group as a whole, including the Biennial Retreat (even years) and Spring Fling (odd years).

DPRG also continues to serve as a model for research groups, both in the department and the medical school. Discussion groups within the department such as the Developmental Disability Research Group (DDRG) and the Behavioral Immunology Research Group (BIRG) have modeled themselves after DPRG. As recently as the summer of 2005 the School of Medicine initiated a new research group focusing on the interdisciplinary study of women’s health, which based their program on DPRG. Several smaller, more focused discussion groups have coordinated their meeting times and places with DPRG to increase participation and efficiency for members. These include:

    • Affect Seminar (2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of the month 8:30-10): Bob Emde
    • Developmental Disabilities Research Group (2 nd Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Susan Hepburn
    • Perinatal Vulnerability to Psychosis Research Group (4 th Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Randy Ross
    • Preventive Intervention in Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood (Tuesdays, various dates, 1:00-3:00): David Olds

The greatest asset of the DPRG is the diversity of its participants. The strong collaborative nature of the program can be seen in the number of collaborative studies, research publications and extramural funding that have resulted from both the partnerships and from the seed grants made available by the group. More information about the seminar series, the retreat and other activities can be found at the DPRG website​. ​