UW Psychiatry Research Training

The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a strong tradition of training and inspiring the next generation of research scientists. From exceptional faculty to state-of-the-art facilities to interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, we provide the tools and opportunities to launch a successful research career. Graduates from our department use their research skills to improve the mental health of populations around the world.
Trainees have access to over 100 faculty working in a wide range of research areas, ensuring any interest can be accommodated. We take pride in nurturing early career researchers at the world’s most innovative public university (Reuters, 2015).
Research Training Opportunities brochure (pdf)
Our department offers a wide array of opportunities for students interested in contributing to research. All of our research projects and program areas are open to UW undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and we encourage their involvement.
Supported by a five-year R25 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the University of Washington Psychiatry Resident Research Program offers a wide range of research opportunities in the areas of basic and clinical neurosciences, health services, genetics, and the interface of mental health and addictions. In addition to a primary mentor, participants receive scientific and career guidance from a mentoring committee as well as salary support. Participants typically have 80% research time available for 16 months.
Psychology residents are encouraged to increase the sophistication of their clinical research by collaborating on ongoing faculty projects. Residents can pursue independent projects with faculty support.
Grantsmanship Seminar
A weekly seminar geared toward teaching the fundamentals of successful grant writing. Open to all trainees. Contact Mary Larimer for more information at Larimer@uw.edu.
Research Fellowships
With four T-32 training grants, an Institute for Education Sciences-funded training grant, fellowship opportunities through VA Puget Sound, and numerous faculty members with cutting-edge labs, we offer a rich research environment for trainees. In addition to the research-specific fellowships listed below, numerous clinical fellowships also encourage research. View a full list of our psychiatry and psychology fellowship programs.
Advance translational research in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as part of an NIH T-32 training grant. Offered through VA Puget Sound.

Administer and score cognitive, neuropsychological, and diagnostic assessments to children (and parents) with a variety of developmental disabilities, primarily Autism Spectrum Disorder as part of clinical research protocols.

Develop leadership in mental health care of the elderly through research and coursework. Offered through the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at VA Puget Sound.
Gain advanced skills and knowledge in health services research through this multidisciplinary fellowship. Offered through VA Puget Sound.
Learn to develop and use innovative medical information systems and computerized databases. Offered through VA Puget Sound.
Train in academic and health systems research and advanced clinical care service delivery in an interdisciplinary setting. Offered through the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at VA Puget Sound.
Combine research on mental health problems encountered in primary health care settings with a well–developed, nationally–renowned Master of Public Health Program as part of an NIMH T-32 training grant.
Conduct research on the etiology and prevention of problem drinking and alcohol dependence as part of an NIMH T-32 training grant. Joint program with the Department of Psychology.
Conduct research focused on development, implementation, and impact of prevention and intervention programs in schools, as part of an Institute of Education Sciences-sponsored postdoctoral research and training program. Offered through the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center


Quick Facts 

- $35 million/year in research grants and contracts

- Over 7,000 ft2 of lab space
- New Behavioral Neurosciences Labs to open in 2019
- Federal funders include NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, CMMI, PCORI, CDC, DOD and the VA
- Nearly 20 fellowships devoted exclusively or partially to research
- Donor-supported fund dedicated to training clinician scientists
- Ranked second in UW School of Medicine for grant-supported faculty