Welcome from the Director of Research Training for the Residency

Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhDAudrey Tyrka, MD, PhDAudrey R. Tyrka, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Research Training
Adult Psychiatry Residency
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) provides outstanding research programs and training opportunities for our psychiatry residents. The areas of interest and expertise in the department have remarkable breadth and depth, and the department is considered one of the most outstanding academic psychiatry departments in the country. Our superb faculty are conducting leading-edge work on the causes, mechanisms, and novel treatments for a range of psychiatric conditions, and are also known for their collaborative spirit, accessibility to residents and other trainees, and dedication to research mentoring. The DPHB has an R25 grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which offers rigorous and supportive research training with substantial protected research time for residents. We are one of the few departments in the country with an R25 research training grant, attesting to the excellence of our faculty and our residents. These characteristics make Brown an ideal place for residents to do research.

Why do research as a resident? Research is exciting – it is about generating new knowledge, exploring unanswered questions, and moving the field forward. Doing research is extremely rewarding intellectually: it involves engaging your curiosity about patients and science, using critical thinking and analytic skills, writing and communicating, and working with mentors and colleagues on important and challenging problems that aim to improve the care and well-being of our patients. If you are already interested in pursuing a research career, doing research as a resident will be an invaluable experience that will provide critical opportunities for the future. Getting involved with research as a resident will also offer valuable experience, skills, and insight if you decide to pursue other types of careers. A research experience is optional, and it can be a large or small part of your residency training at Brown.

My goal is to make research accessible to all interested residents -- to help you learn about research, offer a wide range of research opportunities, help you find a research mentor in your area of interest, and make research a valuable and rewarding part of your training. Research experiences are tailored to each person, so they fit your needs and enhance your training experience.

Our NIMH-funded R25 grant gives selected residents a structured and supportive program in which to do in-depth research during residency. Our department has many outstanding researchers and mentors with whom residents can work. Residents who are interested in pursuing basic science or translational research may also work with outstanding faculty in other departments at Brown such as the Department of Neuroscience, the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry.

If you have any questions about research opportunities at Brown, please email me at Audrey_Tyrka@Brown.edu. If you come to Brown University for your residency, I look forward to meeting with you to discuss research opportunities in our department and to develop an exciting and rewarding research experience for you.

Please note, there is no separate application or match number for our research track. We encourage applicants to describe their interest in pursuing research as a resident in their application package. All applicants use the same application, and residents formally apply for the research track during the PGY-1 year. We offer two research-focused interview days as part of our interview schedule for those who are interested in our research track.