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Career Development: Research


All UW Psychiatry residents participate in a basic curriculum designed to provide competence in understanding and incorporating evidence-based psychiatry into their practice.  For residents with interest in research that extends beyond this basic curriculum, there are plentiful opportunities to join faculty in ongoing research or find faculty mentors for independent research.

For residents with a high level of commitment to a research career, more formal research tracks allow for focus in an area of interest. If you would like to learn more about our research tracks or in a particular area of independent scholarship, please indicate this on your application and we will do our best to introduce you to appropriate residents and faculty on your interview day.

Required Scholarly Experiences

  • Evidence-Based Psychiatry Seminar during inpatient psychiatry rotations
  • PGY-3 didactics about evidence-based psychiatry, reading the treatment literature, research methodology, and statistics
  • Monthly journal club in the PGY-4 year
  • Completion of a scholarly project.  Options include participation in original research, writing a literature review, quality improvement projects, developing a curriculum, and scholarly case presentations.


Our department offers an active, interdisciplinary, and highly collaborative research environment, with strong research programs in basic and clinical neuroscience, psychiatric genetics, health services research, the psychiatry-medicine interface, psychiatric subspecialties (addictions, geriatrics, child), and clinical phenomenology and treatments.

Potential faculty mentors include internationally recognized investigators in our department, other departments in the UW School of Medicine (e.g. Pharmacology, Neurology, Radiology), the College of Arts and Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Anthropology), and the School of Public Health (e.g. Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Services).

Neuroscience Career Enrichment Pathway

Open to all residents interested in basic or clinical neuroscience and a career in academic psychiatry.  Residents with PhDs or significant prior research experience may join this track as early as the beginning of training.

Membership in this track formalizes opportunities for research mentorship, participation in and the opportunity to present at quarterly Neuroscience Division seminars, and protected research time.  For residents in this track, the program provides at least 15 months of research time during residency, which can be scheduled to fit the resident’s research interests and projects.  Generally, 12 months of this research time is scheduled part- or full-time during the PGY-3 and/or PGY-4 years.

Neuroscience Track residents can participate in and collaborate with faculty in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program.

Clinical Research Career Enrichment Pathway

Open to all residents interested in clinical research and a career in academic psychiatry.

This track offers clinical research mentorship and scheduled research time during the resident’s elective time.  Members attend regularly scheduled seminars in their area of interest, and can participate in our Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Skills Training Program to learn grant-writing and clinical research skills.

Potential areas of focus include health services, epidemiology, public policy, subspecialties, phenomenology, and treatment.


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