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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) at Yale.

To apply to the NRTP for entry at the PGY I level, apply to the Yale Psychiatry Residency, and indicate your interest in the NRTP on the application or by informing the NRTP training director. The NRTP has a separate match number, but not a separate application process. For entry at the PGY II or higher level, directly contact the NRTP training director.

Applicants at the PGY I and II levels may inform the NRTP Director, Christopher Pittenger, of their interest. Inquires and questions can be directed to:

Jessica Costeines, PhD
Program Administrator, NRTP
34 Park Street, 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06519


NRTP applicants interested in beginning in the PGY I year will interview on two consecutive days, first for the general adult psychiatry residency and then with the NRTP. The two-day format enables the applicant to learn about the extensive clinical and research opportunities at the Yale School of Medicine. All interviews will be held virtually, consistent with recommendations from both national and Yale residency oversight bodies. Interviews will be held in the afternoon on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 1 (general adult) and Thursday, December 2 (NRTP)
  • Wednesday, December 15 (general adult) and Thursday, December 16 (NRTP)
  • Wednesday, January 12 (general adult) and Thursday, January 13 (NRTP)

While it is our preference to interview all research track candidates on these dates, accommodations can be made for unresolvable schedule conflicts.

Our application review and interview process is coordinated with both the general adult program and the Solnit Integrated Program in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. We are committed to conducting a fair and equitable review of all applications. This takes time. Interview invitations will begin to go out in mid-October.

Learn More About Research at NRTP

View the videos below to learn more about research at NRTP.


Michelle Hampson, PhD: The use of real-time fMRI to treat and study mental illness

Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Director of real-time fMRI


Michael Bloch, MD, MS: How astrological signs may be associated with risks for ADHD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program, Child Study Center; Co-Director of the Tic and OCD Program, Child Study Center


Youngson Cho, MD, PhD: Motivation improves working memory by shaping neural signals in the prefrontal and parietal cortex

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Director, NRTP


Kieran J. O'Donnell, PhD: The biological embeading of prenatal activity: pregnancy well-being and child development

Assistant Professor, Yale Child Study Center and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences


Ellen J. Hoffman, MD, PhD: How can zebrafish help us to understand genetic and biological mechanisms in autism spectrum disorders?

Assistant Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and of Neuroscience


Marina Picciotto, PhD, Acetylcholine signaling in hippocampus: implications for anxiety and depression

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology; Interim Director Division of Molecular Psychiatry, Psychiatry; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry; Deputy Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program, Yale Department of Psychiatry


James McPartland, PhD: Data Blitz, McPartland Lab

Professor in the Child Study Center; Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center; Co-Director of Team Science, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI); Associate Director, Developmental Electrophysiology Lab


Flora Vaccarino, MD: Research in the Vaccarino laboratory

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center; Professor in the Department of Neuroscience