Integrated research training for the psychiatrist neuroscientist
The purpose of the Research Concentration (RC) program is to prepare residents for careers as investigators in academic psychiatry by facilitating greater exposure to research activities and training during residency. Pictured are the residents and leadership of the 2016 RCP.

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Unlimited Research Opportunities
The research opportunities within the Department of Psychiatry at the MGH and at McLean Hospital are unlimited. Each campus has world-renowned researchers in all areas of psychiatry including both the clinical and basic sciences.
Over $100 Million Annual Research Budget
The combined annual research budgets for the MGH Department of Psychiatry and the McLean Hospital are over $100 million. This represents a variety of federal grants, as well as private and industry supported grants.
Collaborations Across Harvard and Around the World
Our faculty collaborates with other clinical and research teams throughout Harvard University, across the country, and around the world. This great wealth of clinical and research resources is available to our residency training program through individual and group supervision, seminars, and research opportunities.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
The rich academic community in the Boston area also provides a tremendous opportunity for interdisciplinary research, and residents have participated in these interdisciplinary projects.
Cutting-Edge Research
World-class clinician-researchers throughout the Boston area provide a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration and career development.

Selected Resident Publications

Mike Halassa
Thalamic amplification of cortical connectivity sustains attentional control. Nature. 2017 May 11;545(7653):219-223.
Erin Dowd
Probabilistic Reinforcement Learning in Patients with Schizophrenia: Relationships to Anhedonia and Avolition. Biological Psychiatry. 2016 September; 1(5):460-473.
Kristina Cieslak
Olfactory performance segregates effects of anhedonia and anxiety on social function in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. 2015 November; 40(6):387-93.
Evan Macosko
Highly Parallel Genome-wide Expression Profiling of Individual Cells Using Nanoliter Droplets. Cell. 2015 May 21; 161(5):1202-14.
Thomas McCoy
A clinical perspective on the relevance of research domain criteria in electronic health records. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2015 April; 172(4):316-20.
Anna Wiste
Bipolar polygenic loading and bipolar spectrum features in major depressive disorder. Bipolar Disorder. 2014 Sep; 16(6):608-16.

Latest Research News:

McLean's President Announces New Chief Scientific Officer

As of August 1, 2015 Dr. Kerry Ressler will assume the position of Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Division. Read Dr. Scott Rauch’s enthusiastic letter welcoming Dr. Ressler to McLean by clicking the link below.

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Leadership Changes in the Division of Basic Neuroscience

Dr. William Carlezon will become the new Chief of the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Dr. Christopher Cowan will assume the newly created role of Director of Education for the Division of Basic Neuroscience.

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Research Excellence During Residency and Beyond

In May, residency alum Evan Macosko, Class of 2014, published a landmark study using nanobeads to unravel neuronal diversity, work which he carried out during his time as a resident in the research concentration program.

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