Welcome from the Director of Research Training for the Residency

Katharine A. Phillips, M.D.Katharine Phillips, MDKatharine Phillips, MD

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

The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) offers outstanding research opportunities for residents. The Department’s research activities have remarkable breadth and depth, and our department is considered one of the most outstanding academic psychiatry departments in the country. We have excellent faculty who are known not only for their research and other scholarly activities but also 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 research training and protected research time for residents. We are one of the few departments in the country with an R25 grant, which attests to the excellence of our faculty and our residents. These characteristics make Brown a terrific 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, and it ultimately improves the care and well-being of patients. Getting involved in research during residency will enhance your training and education. It may also help you meet your future career goals. If you are interested in a research career, doing research as a resident will be an invaluable experience. Getting involved with research as a resident will also be valuable if you decide to pursue other types of careers. Brown University is an outstanding place to get additional research training after residency; the department offers many post-residency research fellowships that provide additional research training to further prepare for a research career.

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. A research experience is optional, and it can be a large or small part of your training at Brown. Our NIMH-funded R25 grant gives selected residents increased opportunities to do research during residency. Our goal is to tailor a research experience to each person, so it fits your needs and enhances your training experience.

The DPHB has many outstanding researchers 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 and the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences.

If you have any questions about research opportunities at Brown, please email me at Katharine_Phillips@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. All applicants use the same application, and residents formally apply for the research track during PGY-1. We offer two research-focused interview days as part of our interview schedule for those who are interested in the research track.

If you are a residency training director or other faculty member who is interested in or already involved in a R25 research training program, we are available to discuss our experiences. Please contact katharine_phillips@brown.edu or audrey_tyrka@brown.edu for more information.