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Research Track

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the primary goal of the Psychiatry Residency Research Track is to foster the development of clinical scientists, supporting their transition into a career in academic psychiatry.  This track will provide specialized research training and experiences for a subset of talented and industrious residents, mentoring them towards a research-focused career. Residents completing the Research Track will be highly qualified to obtain a research fellowship following residency and to compete for early career grant awards.  

The Research Track consists of three levels, each of which has benefits and requirements. Track levels do not necessarily correspond with PGY level. Progression through the levels will depend upon increasing commitment to a career in research and the fulfillment of the level-specific requirements. Residents at all levels of the Research Track are required to attend at least 50% of the research lunch meetings (see schedule at bottom of the page for 2017-2018 dates).  

  • Level 1: May receive up to $1500 for travel to present current or past research results at meetings. Dr. David Goldsmith is the contact person to access Level 1 funds and to discuss progression from Level 1 to Level 2.
  • Level 2: May receive up to $3000 for travel (to present current research results) and/or for research.  To obtain funding for research, Level 2 residents must submit a 1-page summary of research goals to track leadership.  In addition, up to two months of protected time (salary support) for a Research Intensive Elective is available (PGY-2s only). This elective is designed to help interested residents refine their research interests and goals and obtain a mentor. Dr. Michael Treadway is the contact person to access Level 2 funds and to discuss progression from Level 2 to Level 3.
  • Level 3: Are eligible for up to 50% protected time in the PGY-3 year and up to 50% in the PGY-4 year. Level 3 residents may also receive up $5000 for travel and research. These residents can participate in specialized research training through the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI - the Emory Clinical and Translational Science Award - CTSA) including the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program or the Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR).
    • To qualify, residents must complete the online Clinical Research Certificate Program, have a primary NIH-funded research mentor, and obtain approval from research track leadership of a research project (including hypotheses and aims) that is of sufficient scientific quality and depth to merit NIH, NSF, or foundation funding. Residents must also meet weekly with research track leadership for advanced mentorship in core research skills, such as grant writing and manuscript preparation. Dr. Andrew Miller is the contact person for Level 3.

Progression through the Research Track to Level 3*:

Level 1            → Level 2            → Level 3         →         Graduation
Developing and narrowing research interests Finding a mentor and developing a project Writing an NIH-style grant and conducting a research project

* There is no requirement that residents have to progress through all levels, and each resident is encouraged to seek the level of involvement that suits their long-term goals.

For assistance with reimbursement for travel or research-related expenses, please contact Chief Residents of Research Michael Lucido at and Justin Ellis at