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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

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Research for Residents

Research Opportunities for Residents

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The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a wide range of opportunities for clinical and basic behavioral and neuroscience research.

The department faculty interests include:

  • psychotherapy development and evaluation with Drs. Cully, Stanley, Teng, Allen, and Fowler
  • clinical trials of medications and behavioral treatments with Drs. Marsh, Mathew, Kosten, Domingo, Graham, Shah, De La Garza, Yoon, Verrico, Shorter, Fowler, Allen, Sharp, Ellis, Al Jurdi, Teng, Arciniegas, and Zhang
  • human and animal behavioral pharmacology with Drs. De La Garza, Yoon, Verrico, Kosten and Newton
  • molecular biology and human genetics with Drs. Nielsen, Zhang, and Kosten
  • neuroimaging with Drs. Salas, Baldwin, Graham, Newsome, Levin, Scheibel, Arciniegas, Kosten, Mathew, and Newton
  • cellular and systems neuroscience
  • neuropharmacology
  • psychoneuroendocrinology (Drs. Newton and Haile) and health services research (Drs. Kunik, Stanley, Graham, and Cully).

Among the major psychiatric disorders with research opportunities are:

  • addiction disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • geriatric psychiatry (anxiety disorders, depression, dementia)
  • mood disorders
  • childhood trauma
  • schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disorders
  • mild traumatic brain injury.

Research department faculty include:

  • Jeff Cully, Ph.D.

The department offers residents opportunities for clinical research during the second, third, and fourth years of residency training.

Residents interested in research begin by identifying a mentor and developing a project with the assistance of program leadership. Residents will be screened and approved for protected research time by the Residency Training Director and the Departmental Research Committee based on a one-page proposal from the mentor and applicant describing their research plans.

During PGY II, the residents can select a one-month research-focused elective. I

n PGY III, the residents will have up to 25 percent protected time to do research.

In PGY IV, the resident will have up to 50 percent protected time for research and will have the opportunity to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Many of the residents in the resident research track may also pursue academic fellowships and research in subsequent years. Those residents interested in this intensive preparation for academic psychiatry careers should contact:

Thomas R. Kosten MD
JH Waggoner Chair
Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, & Immunology
Director and Chair, Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Co-Director, the Dan L. Duncan Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR)
713-794-7032 (or Dr. Domingo;, 713-791-1414 x 5054)

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