Training in Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry

Translational neuroscience investigation consists of the ability to critically evaluate hypotheses and conduct experiments with knowledge of the clinical expression of disease, the associated cellular and molecular pathology, the expected pathophysiological mechanisms leading to the phenotype, and the possibilities and limitations of experimental models. The core philosophy of this program is that translational neuroscience investigation is a skill in its own right. Our training program components have been developed to ensure trainees achieve this goal. 

Neurocircuitry in the prefrontal cortex

In addition, individualized training components help trainees establish fluency in both basic and clinical neuroscience concepts, without which the goal of effective translation cannot be achieved. For example, a series of clinical exposure activities are available to individuals with basic neuroscience training.

Fellows pursue independent research interests under the mentorship of one of our Department’s training faculty members. The training experience is supplemented by a weekly translational neuroscience research seminar and a translational models practicum. 

Our highly successful Career and Research Development Seminar (CARDS) series is an important component of the training, as a substantial proportion of the seminar series focuses on developing grant-writing skills. Through this series, fellows learn how to develop and manage interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as set professional priorities. The responsible conduct of research is also covered in the training. 

Program length

Two years.

Who should apply?

Individuals with MDs or PhDs who are interested in enhancing their skills in conducting translational neuroscience research, with the intent of transitioning to an independent academic research career. 

How many spots are available?

Five postdoctoral stipends are available per year.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Program Administrator, Tracey Capotosto at or the Program Director: