The Department of Psychiatry and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) have created a specialized Psychiatry Research Pathway (PRP) for the purpose of facilitating the career development of psychiatry residents into highly successful investigators conducting high impact research on psychiatric disorders. A common major milestone for residents upon completion of the PRP is to obtain faculty positions as an Assistant Professor with an independently-funded research program. While some residents may prefer to engage in research during residency at their own initiative and time through integrated clinical training and electives, the many advantages to joining the PRP include:

  • The David J. Kupfer Residency Research Fellowship for research activities.  These funds (up to $50,000 per recipient) are awarded by the Chair of the Department.
  • A ten week research elective during PGYII.
  • Flexibility in the afternoons during PGYII to conduct research-related activities with established mentors.
  • Minimum 40% research time during PGYIII.
  • Minimum 60% research time during PGYIV.
  • No call during PGYIII and PGYIV.
  • PRP Travel Fund Award which provides support for PRP residents to present their  research at scientific conferences and/or attend training courses in specialized methods.
  • Essential software packages provided as needed to PRP residents and prospective PRP residents with established mentors (e.g. EndNote, SPSS, SAS).
  • Funding for research activities and/or salary supplements to support the preparation of a K award application is also available to PRP residents during the latter years of residency and post-doctoral fellowship years (if needed). These funds are awarded by the Chair of the Department.
  • Numerous support mechanisms (e.g., the Department has 8 NIH postdoctoral training T32 grants) available for additional training after completing residency, as needed.
  • Individualized mentor matching program with assistance from Co-Directors of the PRP, Director of Residency Training, and the Chair of the Department.
  • Opportunities to develop high impact research projects under the mentorship of over 103 funded principal investigators on primary research grants in the Department of Psychiatry (click here to see a list of faculty research interests). Mentors are also available from the faculty of the Center for Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.
  • Established system for developing successful K award applications.
  • Exceptional track record of PRP graduates receiving grants and faculty appointments.