Welcome from the Director of Research Training for the Residency

Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhDAudrey Tyrka, MD, PhD


Audrey 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 provides outstanding research training opportunities for our psychiatry residents. Our department has remarkable breadth and depth of research areas of interest and expertise, and is considered one of the most outstanding academic psychiatry departments in the country. Our superb faculty are conducting cutting-edge work on the causes, mechanisms, and novel treatments for a range of psychiatric conditions. We are known for our collaborative spirit, accessibility, dedication to launching successful research careers, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Our department has an R25 grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health that offers a rigorous and supportive Research Training Program, with substantial protected research time for selected residents. We are one of a small number of departments in the country with this training grant for psychiatry residents, attesting to the excellence of our faculty and our residents.

There is a shortage of physician-scientists in psychiatry that threatens our ability to translate exciting advances in basic and translational neuroscience into improvements in patient care. Residency is a critical time to engage and nurture research interests. Residents with a PhD need to maintain their interest in research, stay abreast of advances in their field, and further develop their research skills. Those with more limited prior experience need to develop their research interest, foundational knowledge, and skills during residency.

Research is exciting – it involves generating new knowledge, exploring unanswered questions, and moving the field forward. Intellectually, research is very rewarding as it engages your curiosity about patients and science, develops critical thinking, analytic, and writing skills, and involves working with mentors and colleagues on important and challenging problems that aim to improve the care and well-being of our patients. Our goal is to lay the foundation for a successful independent research career through mentored research opportunities and trainings, while ensuring that research is a valuable and rewarding part of your training.

Our department has many outstanding researchers and mentors with whom residents can train. Residents who are interested in pursuing basic science or translational research may also work with excellent 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.

There are also excellent opportunities for residents who are interested in research experiences outside of the research track. Research experiences are tailored to each person, so they fit your needs and enhance your training experience. Getting involved with research as a resident will also offer valuable experience, skills, and insight even if you decide to pursue other types of careers.

Please note, although there is no separate application or match number for our Research Training Program, 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 PG-1 year. We offer two research-focused interview days as part of our interview schedule for those who are interested in our research track.

You can find details of the research opportunities for residents at Brown in our research brochure. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]. 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.