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Residents in the Psychiatry Research Pathway program. A common major milestone for these residents upon completion of the program is to obtain faculty positions as an Assistant Professor with an independently-funded research program. Read more.
Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, who began her appointment as Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh on October 1, 2013, is a recipient of both the 2013 Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists and the 2013 MQ Fellowship AwardRead more.


Out of a total 131 entries, the Housing First! program of the Homeless Continuum Team of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC was selected by the Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for the Community Benefits Achievement Award. Read more.




SmartCAT is an app designed for improving cognitive-behavioral treatments for child anxiety disorders. Developed by Jennifer Silk, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, and her colleague, Bambang Parmanto, PhD, Professor of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences at Pitt, the app was selected for a National Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge Award. Read more.



Joseph Tasosa, MD, MBA, a PGY-3 resident at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, was selected for the American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program. Read more.





A study by Kenneth Fish, PhD, Gil Hoftman, PhD, and colleagues in Pitt's Department of Psychiatry examines critical developmental changes in two specific GABAergic cell types. The results of this study were published in the Journal of NeuroscienceRead more. 

Spearheaded by Dr. Beatriz Luna, Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Professor of Psychology, the inaugural meeting of the Flux International Congress for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience was highly successful and productive. Read more.


Antoine Douaihy, MD, was selected by the Pitt School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) to receive the Charles Watson Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty clinician who best embodies the qualities of Dr. Charles Watson - a masterful clinician, academician, caretaker of his patients, educator, mentor, and contributor to the medical school community and community at large. Read more.




A review article by Anne Germain, PhD, published in the American Journal of Psychiatryrevisits the 1989 hypothesis by Ross et al. that REM sleep disturbances are the distinctive indicators of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more.
Method to Extend Research Time (MERIT) awards from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) are given to investigators who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity during their research careers. Well known for his work in statistical genetics and studies in autism and schizophrenia, Bernie Devlin, PhD received a MERIT to support his continued creativity in research.  Read more.




Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC) has once again been named one of the top 10 psychiatry programs in the nation by US News and World Report. In its 2013-2014 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, US News and World Report ranked WPIC at number 8 on the list of top psychiatry programs in the country. Read more.




In a study led by Colleen McClung, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, researchers modeled human mania using mice with a mutation in a key component of the clockwork, a gene aptly named CLOCK. The results of this study, which appeared in Molecular Psychiatry, shed light on possible mechanisms underlying CLOCK's involvement in bipolar disorder. Read more.
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Learning & Mentorship at all Levels

The Department and its clinical partner, the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, offer educational and training opportunities of the highest quality: undergraduate programs that give students a taste of a career as a psychiatrist or psychiatric researcher (or both!); medical student education; residency and clinical fellowships; Pitt's Clinical Psychology Internship program; Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research Training; and continued education and support for junior faculty. Read more.

Top left: Drs. Danella Hafeman and Mary Phillips (mentee and mentor in the Psychiatry Research Pathway program for residents). Top right: Class of 2013-2014 of WPIC's Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program. Center: The fellows of the CCNMD and CABD Undergraduate Research Summer Training Program 2013. Bottom: Dr. David Lewis (third from left) with his trainees who are part of Pitt's Medical Scientist Training Program and the University of Pittsburgh's neuroscience graduate programs.
Department of Psychiatry Research Day 2013 
The Department hosted its thirteenth annual Research Day at the University Club in 2013. The event featured 121 posters on a broad range of topics - the largest poster session in the history of the event. Best Poster Awards were awarded in four categories: Research Staff; Science Trainees; Medical Trainees; and Postdoctoral Scholars. The oral presentations in the afternoon included 10 'Speed Dat(a)ers' who each had 3 minutes to present their data. 
Top: Poster session at the University Club. Center: Ten Speed Dat(a)er presenters.  Bottom: Undergraduate students attend the oral presentation session of the Department of Psychiatry Research Day 2013.
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