Make an IMPACT on the Field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry!

Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment

The IMPACT child and adolescent psychiatry research program is based at Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) within the Department of Psychiatry and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine—one of the most successful medical centers in the United States. WPH is considered a world leader in research and treatment of mental health disorders. Over $117 million in research and research training grants were awarded to the psychiatry department in FY2020-21, and it is ranked among the top recipients of NIMH awards. IMPACT is distinctive in providing research training that spans and integrates pathogenesis and clinical neuroscience; developmental longitudinal perspectives; and treatment evaluation and dissemination/implementation. Mentorship is provided by multidisciplinary faculty teams. Moreover, the program is part of a larger multidisciplinary network that constitutes CHIPS (Child Intervention Prevention & Services). 

The program offers two fellowship tracks:

  • Two-year post-doctoral fellowships available for trainees with a PhD; MD; DO; MD, PhD, or other combination of doctoral degrees
  • Eight-week pre-doctoral fellowships available for students currently enrolled in medical school 

Both fellowships match trainees with experienced, dedicated mentors conducting cutting-edge research in a broad range of disorders. Individuals seeking to conduct innovative, meaningful research that improves the outcomes of child mental health disorders are encouraged to apply.

 Pittsburgh Living

Once known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh has transformed itself such that medicine, finance, and biomedical technology now form its financial base. The city features a wide range of attractions, including a vibrant restaurant scene, a zoo, aquarium and national aviary, as well as being home to professional football, hockey, and baseball teams. Located at the confluence of three rivers, Pittsburgh boasts numerous riverfront areas. Point State Park, located on thirty-six acres downtown, houses the remains of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne and plays host to historical re-enactments and a variety of festivals. More information about the Pittsburgh area can be found here.

 Pittsburgh Academics

The University of Pittsburgh offers tremendous resources and support in a thriving research environment. It is ranked fifth in NIH funding among educational institutions out of more than 3,400 institutions nationwide. Additionally, the University of Pittsburgh offers guidance, support, and resources through the Office of Academic Career Development and the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, assisting post-docs across the university’s health sciences community in developing their careers as academic scholars. 

 Pittsburgh Culture

Pittsburgh features cultural opportunities for the entire family. It’s home to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, as well as the Mattress Factory, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the iconic Andy Warhol Museum. The local opera, symphony orchestra, and ballet theater offer many performances each year. Tickets to traveling performances are available through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Pittsburgh is home to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center that celebrates African Americans through the visual and performing arts. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are open year-round, often with holiday-themed displays, and always with a tasty cafe.