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Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP)

The Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) is specifically designed for training successful physician-scientists by giving trainees the opportunity to pursue clinical and research interests in parallel throughout the residency. By training with the most modern clinical, basic and translational research methods, graduates are poised to be the next generation of leaders in psychiatry and clinical neuroscience.

Directors' Welcome

Psychiatry has entered an era of revolutionary growth. Advances in genetics and neurobiology are unveiling the basis of mental illness. As a clinical neuroscience, psychiatry is poised on the threshold of major breakthroughs in the treatment of addictive, anxiety, mood, psychotic and cognitive disorders. Dramatic changes in our conception, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness are certain, and opportunities to be a part of such discoveries have never been greater.

Residency is a pivotal stage of a physician-scientist’s career path, where clinical and scientific independence and leadership are cultivated. For generations, the Yale NRTP has helped physician-scientists achieve their aspirations and has trained leaders in academic psychiatry. We hope that you will consider our program and help us realize our field's bright future.

Philosophy of Education

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The Yale NRTP provides an environment rich with opportunities for developing scientific and clinical skills in parallel to pursue a career as a psychiatrist-neuroscientist.

The Yale Department of Psychiatry developed the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) specifically to train successful physician-scientists and prepare the field’s next generation of leaders. Through this specialized three- (PGY II-IV) or four-year (PGY I-IV) program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Yale School of Medicine, the NRTP provides the opportunity to pursue clinical and research interests in parallel throughout the residency with mentors and colleagues at the forefront of clinical psychiatry and neuroscience.

We believe that training as physicians and as scientists must be integrated. One obstacle for young physician-scientists is that clinical and research training are too often pursued separately, in different phases of residency and fellowship. The NRTP integrates training in clinical psychiatry and in clinical, translational and basic research, at all phases of training. Residents in the NRTP are supported in discovering and pursuing their independent interests, and maximum flexibility in designing residents’ educational programs is provided. We believe that our role of educators of accomplished trainees nearing independence is to provide a rich and supportive mentorship environment for individual growth.

Thomas P. Detre Fellowship

We are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the 2019-2020 Thomas P. Detre Fellowship Awards in Translational Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry. The awards have been established in memory of Dr. Detre, an internationally renowned academic psychiatrist, esteemed Yale Psychiatry faculty member/alumnus, and Chair of Psychiatry, Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences, and Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The awards will support the translational research endeavors of residents currently enrolled (or residents interested in enrolling) in the Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry. NRTP residents in PGY 1-4 are eligible to apply (as are residents seeking be in the NRTP). As many as three awards of up to $30,000 per award will be funded. Award recipients will be asked to present their translational research proposal to Dr. John Krystal, Department Chairman and the individuals whose generosity resulted in the creation of the award.

Submission Deadline: April 5

Submission Materials:

  1. Translational research proposal (no longer than 2 pages, firm)
  2. A copy of the candidate's CV
  3. A letter of support from the candidate's research mentor

Materials should be submitted in electronic form (i.e., collated .pdf) to Robert Malison, M.D. (

Submissions will be reviewed by an Award Committee, including Drs. Malison, Picciotto, and Pittenger.

Honorees will be notified by April 26, 2019.