Trainees can participate in research and academic endeavors on many levels. All residents benefit from the strong programs of research within the division, as these programs inform clinical care and support intellectual curiosity and rigor in the program. Within the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a substantial number of faculty have been awarded NIH-funded grants for clinical research in child psychiatry. A full list of researchers and links to their research pages is available on this web page, and include studies in obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, HIV and risk-behaviors, asthma, sleep disorders, effects of chronic illness on siblings, developmental psychopathology, and many more!
Residents can participate in ongoing clinical research programs as therapists- recent and current residents have served as cognitive behavioral therapists and pharmacotherapists in a large multi-site study of obsessive compulsive disorder, pharmacotherapists in a multi-site study of treatment resistant depression in adolescents and in large a study of atomoxetine, and therapist in a family therapy study for sexually abused children.
Residents have also collaborated with faculty mentors to develop independent projects using existing data sets, including a recent project focused on children with learning disabilities, a project that won an AACAP Pilot Research Award. Working with Dr. Hunt, residents also have access to a growing clinical database from the adolescent unit, and have presented findings related to adolescent patient's clinical presentation at national meetings. Dr. Hunt has mentored residents interested in teaching, and they presented the outcome of an innovative didactic initiative at the national program directors' meeting.
Residents interested in clinical and advocacy interventions can also use the faculty's academic and clinical mentorship to examine the outcomes of their intervention using in an academically rigorous approach. Current triple board residents developed and coordinate a leadership council for teens with medical problems, and have won a national pediatric advocacy award, received state grant funding, and presented their program at multiple national meetings.
Residents may choose to pursue further research training after their child psychiatry training
An NIH funded research training fellowship (T-32) provides 2-3 years of research training here at Rhode Island Hospital. Want to start formal research earlier? Ask about a combined 3-4 year clinical and research fellowship in child psychiatry.