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The UNC Department of Psychiatry has a rich tradition of integrating clinical care with clinical, translational, global public health, health services, and basic neuroscience research.
– Nearly $22 million in external research funding ($17.9M from NIH FY2020)
– UNC Psychiatry ranks in the top 5 for NIH Research funding among departments within UNC School of Medicine.
– 19th for Departments of Psychiatry across the United States.

Physician-scientists in the Department have thrived in a collegial environment that supports multidisciplinary research both within the Department and across the many nationally ranked UNC Departments, Centers, and Schools they work and collaborate with.

The Physician-Scientist Training Program combines excellent clinical training with intensive mentorship in the conduct of innovative research and provides a solid foundation for an academic research career.


Program Overview

Open to 2 residents per year.

– Applicants with an MD-PhD, MD-MPH or an MD with an extensive research background are encouraged to apply.

Our commitment to PSTP scholars:
– Protected time for research activities
– 20% in PGY2 and 50% time in PGY3/PGY4
– $50,000 per resident to support research activities and travel to professional meetings
– Monthly professional development seminars, including grant writing and career planning
– Opportunities to participate in scientific and professional development seminars and journal clubs across the School of Medicine

Faculty Mentorship Disciplines:
– Alcohol and Substance Abuse
– Eating Disorders
– Global Mental Health
– Neurodevelopment Disorders
– Neuromodulation
– Psychotic Disorders
– Women’s Mood Disorders


Program Leadership

John Gilmore, MD Vice Chair for Research PSTP Co- Director










Brad Gaynes, MD, MPH Director of Global Mental Health PSTP Co- Director