Research Training for Medical Doctors Studying Serious Mental Illness


To help advanced residents and young psychiatrists develop the skill set and experience to launch academic careers devoted to the study of clinically relevant aspects of the pathology and treatment of people with chronic or recurrent serious mental illnesses. Primary program focus is on adding to the evidence base to guide treatment during the 95% of patients’ lives when they are not in periods of acute symptom exacerbation. Fellowships are designed for psychiatrists interested in academic careers in clinical, psychosocial, epidemiological or translational neuroscience research.

Examples of Research Conducted by Fellows

  • Nature and assessment of motivation
  • fMRI before and after cognitive remediation
  • Social neuroscience assessments in people with schizophrenia
  • Increasing regularity and efficacy of primary medical care in people with serious psychiatric illness
  • Brain structure alterations in bipolar disorder
  • Genetic markers of clinical course

Who is eligible?

Psychiatrists who have recently completed residency or are in their PGY-4 training year.

Program Features

Fellows will choose a mentor from among over 20 Yale faculty researchers, and develop and carry out their own research project. A formal didactic program provides seminars on research design, statistics, research ethics and review of the current evidence base regarding key clinical questions.


Bruce E. Wexler, MD

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Application Procedure

Send CV, statement of research interests and two letters of recommendation to: Bruce E. Wexler, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06519, or