Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 313–318 | Cite as

The Career Development Institute for Psychiatry: An Innovative, Longitudinal Program for Physician-Scientists

  • David J. Kupfer
  • Alan F. Schatzberg
  • Victoria J. Grochocinski
  • Leslie O. Dunn
  • Katherine A. Kelley
  • Ruth M. O’Hara
Original Article



The Research Career Development Institute for Psychiatry is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University to recruit and train a broad-based group of promising junior physicians by providing the necessary skills and support for successful research careers in academic psychiatry.


Participants whose interests span the spectrum of clinical and intervention research attend a multiday career development institute workshop and follow-up annual booster sessions conducted with the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The program identifies and trains 20 new physician-researchers each year, with particular emphasis on women, minorities, and those from less research-intensive psychiatry departments, and provides booster sessions for all trainees. An annual evaluation is used to renew and update the content of the institutes and to measure the long-term value in research and career success.


This report is based on the results of 77 participants from the first four Career Development Institute classes. Qualitative assessment of the program content and process led to improvements in each successive year’s workshop. Preliminary quantitative follow-up assessment of participants indicated successful career progress toward individual objectives.


By providing early career investigators with skills to cope with local and national forces in academic medical centers, the Career Development Institute is significantly contributing to the development of the next generation of leading academic clinical researchers in mental health and can serve as a model for other biomedical research arenas.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Sung NS, Crowley WF Jr, Genel M, et al: Central challenges facing the national clinical research enterprise. JAMA 2003; 289: 1278–1287PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Institute of Medicine: Research Training in Psychiatry Residency: Strategies for Reform. Washington, DC, National Academy Press, 2003Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Yager J, Greden J, Abrams M, et al: The Institute of Medicine’s report on research training in psychiatry residency: strategies for reform-background, results, and follow up. Acad Psychiatry 2004; 28: 267–274PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Association of American Medical Colleges: The Association of American Medical Colleges Data Book. Washington, DC, Association of American Medical Colleges, 1999Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Nathan DG, for the National Institutes of Health Director’s Panel on Clinical Research: Perceptions, reality, and proposed solutions. JAMA 1998; 280: 1427–1431PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Reynolds CF, Pilkonis PA, Kupfer DJ, et al: Training future generations of mental health researchers: devised strategies for tough times. Acad Psychiatry 2007; 31: 152–159PubMedCentralPubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Kupfer DJ, Hyman SE, Schatzberg AF, et al: Recruiting and retaining future generations of physician scientists in mental health. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2002; 59: 657–660PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Pilkonis PA, Cyranowski JM: Applying for NIH grants, in Handbook to a Graduate Career in Psychology. Edited by Prinstin MJ, Patterson M. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, NY, 2003Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Roane DM, Inan E, Haeri S, et al: Ensuring research competency in psychiatric residency training. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 215–220PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Sherrill JT, Sommers DI, Nierenberg AA, et al: Integrating statistical and clinical research elements in intervention-related grant applications: summary from an NIMH workshop. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 221–228PubMedCentralPubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Loo KK: Procedural challenges in international collaborative research. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 229–233PubMedCentralPubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Ross RG, Greco-Sanders L, Laudenslager M, et al: An institutional postdoctoral research training program: predictors of publication rate and federal funding success of its graduates. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 234–240PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Martimianakis MA, Hodges BD, Wasylenki D: Understanding the challenges of integrating scientists and clinical teachers in psychiatry education: findings from an innovative faculty development program. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 241–247PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Hales RE, Shahrokh NC, Servis M: A progress report on a department of psychiatry faculty practice plan designed to reward educational and research productivity. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 248–251PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Whitley R: Introducing psychiatrists to qualitative research: a guide for instructors. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 252–255PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Sonis JH, Triffleman E, King L, et al: How to write an NIH R13 conference grant application. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 256–260PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Horn C, Plazas Snyder B, Coverdale JH, et al: Educational research questions and study design. Acad Psychiatry 2009; 33: 261–267PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Halpain MC, Jeste DV, Katz IR, et al: The first summer research institute in geriatric psychiatry. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 1997; 5: 238–246PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Halpain MC, Jeste DV, Katz IR, et al: Summer research institute: enhancing research career development in geriatric psychiatry. Acad Psychiatry 2001; 25: 48–56CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Kupfer
    • 1
  • Alan F. Schatzberg
    • 3
  • Victoria J. Grochocinski
    • 1
  • Leslie O. Dunn
    • 2
  • Katherine A. Kelley
    • 1
  • Ruth M. O’Hara
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Alzheimer’s Disease Research CenterUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Personalised recommendations