Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 152–159 | Cite as

Training Future Generations of Mental Health Researchers: Devising Strategies for Tough Times

  • Charles F. ReynoldsIII
  • Paul A. Pilkonis
  • David J. Kupfer
  • Leslie Dunn
  • Harold A. Pincus
Research Development Courses Original Article



The authors describe a junior faculty scholars program in a large academic department of psychiatry, designed to reduce attrition during the high-risk period of transition from post-doctoral fellowship to receipt of the first extramural research award.


Scholars receive 25% salary support for two years to enable their participation in a research survival skills practicum, mentored collection of pilot data, preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, and submission of K23 and K01 proposals.


Of 22 junior faculty scholars appointed during the period of 1999–2004, 17 have submitted K award proposals. All were funded on either the first or second submission


A program for junior faculty scholars can provide support for successfully navigating the critical and often difficult transition from post-doctoral fellowship to junior faculty. The program is expanding its efforts to assist K awardees in moving successfully along the developmental continuum (e.g., successful submission of R01, development of mentoring skills).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles F. ReynoldsIII
    • 1
  • Paul A. Pilkonis
    • 1
  • David J. Kupfer
    • 1
  • Leslie Dunn
    • 1
  • Harold A. Pincus
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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