Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment Training

The IMPACT (Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment) post-doctoral program, directed by David Brent, MD, provides psychiatrists and PhDs with a strong foundation in the research techniques and methodologies of clinical investigation in child psychiatry and offers rigorous training in biological and social sciences. Fellows work closely with internationally recognized researchers, who serve as mentors and offer individual attention. In addition to post-doctoral training, IMPACT offers a pre-doctoral summer program for medical students. More information is available on IMPACT's website.

In the two-year post-doctoral program, fellows are matched with faculty members who provide mentorship across an array of approaches and methods, including genetics, neuroimaging, clinical trials, and services research that encompasses the range of major child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Fellows receive resources for travel, coursework, and pilot research.

View from Pittsburgh's North Shore, overlooking the Allegheny River
View from Pittsburgh's North Shore, overlooking the Allegheny River

IMPACT’s pre-doctoral summer program is an eight-week research elective that pairs medical students with a mentor from our training faculty whose work complements the student’s research interests. Fellows in the program work on a project that will lead to a scientific presentation and a peer-reviewed publishable product.



Program length

The post-doctoral program is two years in length, and the pre-doctoral program is eight weeks.


Who should apply?

Post-doctoral training: Creative individuals with an MD, PhD, or other doctoral degree in a mental health-related discipline with an interest in child mental health disorders are encouraged to apply.

Pre-doctoral training: Medical students with an interest in specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry should apply to the summer program.


How many spots are available?

Six post-doctoral stipends and four pre-doctoral summer stipends for medical students are available each year.


How do I apply?

Click here for the program’s application materials.