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Education & Training


The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is committed to the training and career development of the next generation of clinician educators and mental health scientists. Through its infrastructure, programs and resources, the Department offers unique career development pathways to transform trainees with an interest in psychiatry into outstanding clinicians, educators and independent scientists whose work advances our knowledge of mental health disorders and improves approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

MEDICAL STUDENT EDUCATION. We seek to inspire medical students to consider psychiatry as a specialty, and support them as they embark on their medical careers. To accomplish these goals, a number of programs, training opportunities and awards have been created. Learn More>

PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY TRAINING AND CLINICAL FELLOWSHIPS. The Residency Training Program at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) offers multiple residency training options for a total of approximately 80 residents and fellows. Within the General and Child and Adolescent programs residents may choose to participate in the Academic Administrator-Clinician-Educator (AACE) program or the Psychiatry Research Pathways track. In addition, we offer combined residency training in psychiatry-family medicine and child and adult psychiatry and pediatrics, as well as fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Public Service Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, and Pain Medicine. Learn More>

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP. Our Clinical Psychology program is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and follows a “clinical science” model of training and professional development which emphasizes the integration of research and clinical training and a commitment to empirically informed approaches to clinical work. The program offers rotations in both inpatient and outpatient settings; individual and group supervision in adult and child assessment and intervention; clinical and didactic seminars; and an opportunity to pursue clinical research activities. Learn More>

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMS. The multiple research training programs within the Department of Psychiatry reflect an emphasis on comprehensiveness, balance, and integration of various scientific approaches and systems. The programs foster collaborative relationships, while overcoming interdisciplinary barriers and embracing the contributions of all disciplines for the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental and addictive disorders. The Department is home to eight federally-sponsored training programs, focusing on an array of scientific areas such as alcohol research, clinical research training in child or adult psychiatry, cardiovascular behavioral medicine, psychiatric epidemiology, sleep medicine, translational neuroscience, and mechanisms of addiction. Our goal is to educate and train investigators who will develop new approaches to the study of brain-behavior relationships and continue the pursuit of the mechanisms underlying mental disorders and substance abuse. Learn More>