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NIMH Medical Student Fellows

        Program in Mental Health Research

A 12-Month Program of Mentored Research
at the University of Pittsburgh

  • To attract outstanding medical students to research in mental health, integration of mental health sciences in general medical care or family medicine, neuroscience, neurosurgical, pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders, neuroradiology, neuropathology, research on mind-body interface, and topics in related behavioral and biomedical sciences

A year-long experience in which students will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct supervised laboratory or clinical research with a senior career investigator/faculty member (prior identification of mentor is not necessary) that result in public presentation and submission of manuscript for publication of research findings
  • Gain familiarity with state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory facilities in basic research and clinical research programs; and
  • Learn about and discuss critical ethical issues related to research with humans and animals;

The program represents an example of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) effort to promote the development of physician-scientists with interests in clinical, translational and health services research. It capitalizes on the exciting interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, the Graduate Schools of the Health Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Students may enter the program either between their 2nd and 3rd years or between their 3rd and 4th years. An annual stipend of approximately $21,180 is provided, along with partial support for research supplies and travel to scientific meetings to present research findings.

The program is supported by 2R25 MH054318 from the National Institute of Mental Health.


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Women and members of under-represented minority groups (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native) and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please email the Program Director directly, Dr. Gretchen Haas ( to obtain more information. Application materials are available, on request, from the Program Office, 412-383-5476, or may be downloaded by clicking here.