Penn is an outstanding international research university, and the Psychiatry faculty are among the most creative and productive in the institution. Penn is ranked in the top five among departments of psychiatry for National Institutes of Health research funding.
There is a rich variety of ongoing research projects in which residents can participate, ranging from molecular neuroscience to health systems and psychotherapy research. MD/PhD candidates, as well as residents with defined areas of interest, are encouraged to continue their research within their residency training. Our NIH-funded Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) provides protected research time and mentorship for selected residents. Department Chair, Dwight L. Evans, MD, is the PI of the CRSP program. Co-PIs are Anthony L. Rostain, MD and Michael E. Thase, MD. In addition, there are individualized opportunities to conduct research in the areas of substance abuse, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, and community psychiatry as part of the residency curriculum.
Many of our residents choose to stay at Penn following their residencies to complete fellowship training with a faculty mentor.