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Research Track in Psychiatry

Research Settings: Department of Psychiatry and Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute

Research training opportunities in both clinical and basic science related to mental health abound within the Department of Psychiatry and MBNI. Throughout the history of the Research Track, trainees have been nearly evenly divided between those electing clinical research training and those opting for training in basic science, with several residents successfully integrating training in both domains.

The Department of Psychiatry, is a large department (ninety faculty members) with strong financial support. It is currently funded through the academic budget of the University of Michigan. Its major teaching mission is to educate medical students and residents in psychiatry; psychology interns and postdoctoral trainees. In addition, students in a number of other disciplines also receive clinical experience in the Department. The Department of Psychiatry has enjoyed excellent growth in multiple areas of biological psychiatry research and clinical practice under Dr. Greden's leadership. Well integrated research teams focus on affective disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, schizophrenia, child psychiatry, alcohol and drug abuse, and outcomes/health service research, all of which are well funded. Across-diagnosis programs in imaging and genetics are particular strengths of the Department.

The Mental Health Research Institute (now Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute) was founded in 1955 as a basic science research component of the Department of Psychiatry. There are twenty faculty investigators whose research explores neurobiology, clinical biological psychiatry, molecular biology, brain imaging, and sensory and cognitive psychology.