Research Track

The Department of Psychiatry has a strong interest in exploring the neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings of mental illness. Residents benefit by their proximity to a robust research enterprise and have extensive opportunities to pursue their own research project. Our Research Track allows one to two residents per year to develop into clinician-scientists.

The University of Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency accepted its first Research Track resident in 2006. The Research Track provides 1-2 residents per year a unique opportunity to work with world-class scientists involved in a wide range of research projects. A first-year resident on the Research Track will meet with a research mentor regularly and will explore the various research options available to her. By the second year, the resident will have identified a specific lab. In the third and fourth years, the resident develops her own project and learns skills important for a career as a clinician-research, including grant writing, statistics, epidemiology and presentation skills. Graduates of the Research Track will be well prepared for a research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin or elsewhere.

Overview of the Research Track (PDF)
Goals and Objectives (PDF)

If you are interested in applying for the Research Track, please contact , Program Director.

Members of the Research Track

  • PGY4 Brendon Nacewicz, completed his MD/PhD at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in the lab of Richie Davidson, PhD, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy to explore the neurobiology of emotion. He is currently working on characterizing the subregional volumetric and neurochemical contriutions of the human amygdala to anxiety and socio-emotional behavior. He is also translating amygdala-specific magnetic resonance spectroscopy into a macaque model to permit characterization of physiologic and genetic markers of anxious temperament. Brendon received the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award in 2013 as well as a travel award to attend the Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting in 2014.
  • PGY3 Fabio Ferrarelli completed his MD / PhD at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome Italy. He worked in the lab of Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD where he studied the mechanisms and functions of sleep and their implications on depression and schizophrenia.