The Research Fellowship is a two-year program open to psychology (PhD) and psychiatry (MD) postdoctoral candidates who are interested in expanding their research skills with the intent of transitioning to an independent academic research career. The Tulane Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has assembled an outstanding group of clinical researchers with unique expertise in studying stress and trauma from the infant/preschool period through adulthood, neurobiology, genetics, forensics, psychotherapy development, and other innovations in intervention. Fellows in the program will acquire research skills and develop a track record of scholarly production to advance their careers, and will play key roles in the research programs of the mentors and the department. Two fellows will be accepted per year. To foster a multidisciplinary and innovative environment, consideration will also be given to non-PhD or MD candidates with rare skills or exceptional fit with our opportunities.
Goals of the training program are designed to ensure that each trainee, upon completion of his or her training, has core knowledge in research methods, statistics, and a portfolio of accomplishments that permit them to begin a career as a tenure-track independent investigator. Training will also include personal and professional skills necessary for a successful post-training research career. The program emphasizes strong mentor-trainee relationships to facilitate these goals.
The program provides core didactic and training activities focused on research skills and professional development. Emphasis is placed on learning to generate testable and fundable hypotheses that represent the next incremental questions that need to be answered. Seminars expose trainees to other disciplines and visiting investigators. Our Reinvented Journal Club teaches fellows to critically and rapidly evaluate large bodies of literature with equipoise of genuine uncertainty. Fellows will work with existing datasets and conduct original data collection. Writing skills are emphasized with timetables for production of manuscripts and grant applications with support from our mentors and faculty. We believe that learning how to write and present new knowledge in an organized and concise fashion to convey important ideas to colleagues, funders, and the public is an important skill. Beyond the core training, each fellow is encouraged to individualize their didactic and research activities to their specific needs.