RESEARCH

Trainees can participate in research and academic endeavors on many levels, and some may choose to complete a combined research/clinical fellowship track. All residents benefit from the strong programs of research within the division, as these programs inform clinical care and support intellectual curiosity and rigor in the program. Within the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a substantial number of faculty have been awarded NIH-funded grants for clinical research in child psychiatry. A full list of researchers and links to their research pages is available on this web page, and include studies in obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, HIV and risk-behaviors, asthma, sleep disorders, effects of chronic illness on siblings, developmental psychopathology, and many more!

Residents can participate in ongoing clinical research programs as therapists- recent and current residents have served as cognitive behavioral therapists and pharmacotherapists in a large multi-site study of obsessive compulsive disorder, pharmacotherapists in a multi-site study of treatment resistant depression in adolescents and in large a study of atomoxetine, and therapist in a family therapy study for sexually abused children.

Residents have also collaborated with faculty mentors to develop independent projects using existing data sets, including a recent project focused on children with learning disabilities, a project that won an AACAP Pilot Research Award. Working with Dr. Hunt, residents also have access to a growing clinical database from the adolescent unit, and have presented findings related to adolescent patient's clinical presentation at national meetings. Dr. Hunt has mentored residents interested in teaching, and they presented the outcome of an innovative didactic initiative at the national program directors' meeting.

Residents interested in clinical and advocacy interventions can also use the faculty's academic and clinical mentorship to examine the outcomes of their intervention using in an academically rigorous approach. Current triple board residents developed and coordinate a leadership council for teens with medical problems, and have won a national pediatric advocacy award, received state grant funding, and presented their program at multiple national meetings.

Residents may also choose to pursue further research training after their child psychiatry training. A NIH funded research training fellowship (T-32) provides 2-3 years of research training here at Rhode Island Hospital. 

Below is an description of one recent graduate's experience in the program's combined research track:

"I [completed the] research track, which provides protected time and support throughout fellowship to pursue research interests.  The program is able to provide around 20% of protected time during first-year of training and up to 60% during second-year.  The research experience here can be tailored depending on the resident's background and interests.  For my first year, the research track allowed for regular meetings with my mentors, completion of ongoing projects from my adult residency, and development of an independent clinical research project I will be implementing [in my second] year.  

I have found Brown to be an ideal environment to start my research career, given our wonderful faculty, facilities, and patient populations!  Our program directors are supportive and creative in being able to guide trainees to a good balance of clinical and research activities, and are fantastic resources to become oriented to Brown's academic environment.  Fellows are also encouraged to present their research both internally and at national/international conferences and have the infrastructure to do so.  My experience in C&A fellowship on the research track has confirmed my understanding that our institution has a clear dedication to fostering residents with an interest in research- and the quality and accessibility of our mentorship cannot be surpassed." 

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, MSc

Class of 2018