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Research Track

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the primary goal of the Psychiatry Residency Research Track is to foster the development of clinical scientists, supporting their transition into a career in academic psychiatry.  This track will provide specialized research training and experiences for a subset of talented and industrious residents, mentoring them towards a research-focused career. Residents completing the two-year research track will be highly qualified to obtain a research fellowship following residency and to compete for early career grant awards.  

A two-month Research Intensive Elective will be offered to support research endeavors of PGY-2 residents who are interested in pursuing research activities.  These electives will provide an opportunity for interested residents to become embedded in a lab early in their residency training.  These electives would allow an opportunity to explore and solidify research interests and may serve as a stepping stone for the Residency Research Track. 

The Psychiatry Residency Research Track will consist of mentored research and targeted training opportunities during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.  Participation in the Residency Research Track will include:

  • Protected time to participate in mentored research: up to 50% in the PGY-3 year and up to 80% in the PGY4 year.
  • Up to $3000 for each of their two years in the program to support research activities (excluding travel). Funds will be disbursed when their research plan, proposed budget, and progress report (if applicable) have been approved by senior faculty.
  • Up to $2000 per year to present research at national and international meetings.
  • The opportunity to participate in specialized research training through the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI - the Emory Clinical and Translational Science Award - CTSA) including the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program or the Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR).

To Apply:

Interested residents, in collaboration with their Research Mentor, should complete an Application for the Mentored Research Track.  The following application materials should be submitted to Dr. Miller at in one Word Document by April 1 of the resident’s PGY2 year:

  1. Summary of the resident’s future goals  as a clinical scientist (3-5 sentences).
  2. Summary of the resident’s previous research experience (bullet-pointed list acceptable).  Note that admission is not based solely on previous experience; this information is used to identify strengths and help prioritize training needs.
  3. Qualifications of your proposed mentor  (2-3 sentences; including summary of previous mentoring experience and current grant funding, if applicable).
  4. Description of the mentored research project  to completed during the research track tenure (max 1 page).  The proposal should:
  • outline specific aims
  • address feasibility concerns, and
  • describe how the proposed project serves as an appropriate stepping stone for your stated career objectives.