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Research Training in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders

T32 MH18268

Our program seeks to support the development of the next generaltion of translational researchers, who are committed to discovering disease-related genes, key environmental factors, biomarkers, and to developing novel treatments and preventive interventions in developmental neuroscience.

We train scientists from both basic and the clinical sciences for independent careers as field leading investigators. A major focus of the training is to promote dialogue across disciplines and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary teams.

During the fellowship, mentees train under internationally recognized principal investigators. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research. A central characteristic of the Program is its diversity and openness to all kinds of developmental scientists (we encourage applications from PhD or MD candidates from any area of specialty with relevance to Developmental Science and/or Developmental Psychopathology). Participating faculty are leading experts in typical development, psychopathology, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics and public health. We draw mentors from multiple departments at Yale including neurobiology, psychology, genetics, pediatrics, neurology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and the uniquely multidisciplinary Child Study Center.

T32 Trainees are typically funded for two years, and are required to commit at least 90% of their time to resarch.

New appointments typically being July 1 of each year. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent U.S. Resident Visa (“Green Card”). Applicants must have their PhD or MD by July 1 for the start year to be considered for this training program.

We welcome applications from PhD and MD level:

  • developmental psychologist
  • geneticist
  • neurobiologist
  • neuroscientist
  • clinical psychologist
  • developmental/behavioral pediatrician
  • child psychiatrist
  • pediatric neurologist
  • neonatologist
  • other developmental scientists

How to Apply

Applications are due by December 1st for a July 1 start date the following year.

Applications must include:

  • Statement of research interests and career goals (two pages total)
  • Curriculum Vita
  • three letters of reference
  • 1-3 writing samples, preferably from a peer reviewed manuscript (published or in press)

Send Application materials electronically to Michael Crowley ( with the subject line: T32 Application.

Letter writers should send materials electronically to, with the subject line: T32 Reference

T32 Director

  • Director of the NIMH T32 Research Training Program

    Associate Professor Child Study Center

    Michael J. Crowley, Ph.D. is a child psychologist whose work focuses on key questions in social and affective neuroscience. Dr. Crowley earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004, where he studied under Nathan Fox. At Maryland, Dr. Crowley’s training focused on child internalizing and externalizing disorders. He completed a child-focused clinical internship through the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Dr. Crowley’s post-doctoral fellowship occurred though the Yale Child Study Center Training Program in Child Neuropsychiatric Disorders under the mentorship of Linda Mayes, M.D. Dr. Crowley joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty as an Associate Research Scientist in 2008. Clinically, Dr. Crowley is interested in child anxiety and how working with parents enhances outcomes. Dr. Crowley’s work in child anxiety focuses on the neural substrates of avoidance, threat detection and worry. He is interested in treatment might lead to brain changes for these basic factors in child anxiety and how biofeedback can be used to supplement more traditional approaches. He uses dense array electroencephalography, peripheral physiology and functional imaging in his work with children and adolescents. Dr. Crowley is the recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator award. His previous and current work occurs though support from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.