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PGY1 Psychiatry Residents at Pitt
"One of the things that stood out to me about this program was the genuine concern for my development as a resident and as a person. I felt like the faculty and program directors here really took the time to understand what I wanted from residency on interview day, and have continued to do so during my time here... I wouldn't trade it in for the world." Read more.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic    
In its most recent Best Hospitals Honor Roll, U.S. News & World Report ranked Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic among the Top 10 psychiatry facilities in the country. Read more.

Pitt Psychiatry Residents    
The Psychiatry Residency Training program at the University of Pittsburgh is reputed for its clinical and research excellence and is consistently ranked in the top ten nationally in the Doximity poll. In 2015 it was ranked seventh overall. Read more.

Research Day 2015    
The Department of Psychiatry's 15th Annual Research Day attracted the largest number of participants in the history of the event. Research Day is an important tradition that celebrates the diverse basic, translational, clinical and health services research in the Department of Psychiatry. Read more.
Dr. Daniel Buysse    
The Sleep Research Society presented Dr. Daniel Buysse with the 2015 Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award. The award was presented to Dr. Buysse for his outstanding efforts in disseminating basic or clinical sleep and circadian research as a mentor, teacher and through public education. Read more.

Dr. Susan Perlman    
The prestigious Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) R01 grant from the NIMH will support Dr. Susan Perlman's work on understanding the neurodevelopment of irritability. Nearly all pediatric psychopathology has an aspect of irritability, and by focusing on this trait Dr. Perlman aims to develop a method to differentiate normal and aberrant neurodevelopment to allow for early intervention. Read more.

Dr. David Brent    
For his many important contributions to the field of psychiatry throughout his distinguished career, Dr. David Brent was selected by the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital to receive the C. Charles Burlingame Award. Read more.


Dr. Susanne Ahmari    
A highly competitive honor, the McKnight Scholar Award is granted to investigators who conduct innovative research on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have an immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Susanne Ahmari will use the funds for her studies on impaired neurocognitive function in patients with OCD. Read more.
Dr. Edward Mulvey   
Dr. Edward Mulvey was invited to serve a two-year term as Board Chair of the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Scientific Advisory Board. The Board provides the Assistant Attorney General of OJP with advice about the state of research in the justice system and aligned fields. Read more.
Dr. Eva Szigethy
The AACAP Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation award for Research in Depression or Suicide recognizes the best research paper on depression or suicide published in JAACAP. Read more.

Drs. Klunk, Lewis and Kupfer    
Thomson Reuters has developed a new methodology for determining the scientific impact of investigators in different fields. Using this new methodology, Thomson Reuters created a list of the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents in each field, and in 2014-2015 three members of our faculty made the list. Read more.

Hot Publication      
A recent translational research study by David Volk, MD, PhD and colleagues, using both postmortem human brain tissue and animal models, showed that schizophrenia patients had markedly higher mRNA levels in multiple immune markers that occur in adulthood and not prenatally. The results of the study were published in the American Journal of PsychiatryRead more.

Hot Publication

In a study by Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD and colleagues, published in Nature Communications, it was shown that some serotonin receptors affect aggression only early in life, while impulsivity is affected by these receptors across the lifespan. These exciting results suggest that impulsivity may be amenable to targeted pharmacologic treatment in adults. Read more.
Hot Publication    
A study published in Molecular Psychiatry by Colleen McClung, PhD and colleagues used a new optogenetic stimulation paradigm to induce a manic-like behavioral state in mice through increased dopamine neuronal activity.  Read more.

Hot Publication    
Led by Sohei Kimoto, MD, PhD and senior author David Lewis, MD investigators examined the levels of the NARP gene in postmortem brain samples (schizophrenia and control) to identify and understand another piece of the neural circuitry puzzle of working memory impairments in individuals with schizophrenia. The results of the study were published in the American Journal of PsychiatryRead more.
Hot Publication    
Published in JAMA Psychiatry, a study by Amelia Versace, MD and colleagues examined the relationship between white matter structure, categories of behavioral and emotional dysregulation, and symptom dimensions in youths. Certain features of white matter structure correlated with emotional pediatric psychiatric disorders.  Read more.
Hot Publication    
With the long-term effects of adolescent depression prevention programs unknown, David Brent, MD and his colleagues conducted a six-year study to measure the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral program in a group of 316 youths. The program was found to be successful in lowering the incidence of depression in at-risk adolescents. The results of this work were published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.
1. Melanie Grubisha, MD, PhD (PGY3), pictured with her poster, participated in the 2015 APA Research Colloquium. 2. Justin Schreiber, DO, MPH (Triple Board) was selected to receive a Clinical Projects Scholarship by AACAP in recognition of his Equip for Life project. 3. Allison Foroobar, MD (Triple Board) received the Little Apple Teaching Award for her teaching excellence. 4. Heather Joseph, DO (PGY5) was selected for both an ADHD Pilot Research Award and Travel Award from AACAP. 5. Dr. Jody Glance facilitates a fun discussion during a residents' didactics session. 6. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
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