The research fellowship in psychiatry was developed to attract physicians into research and provide training that enables them to eventually become independent investigators. This fellowship is intended for young physician investigators (M.D. or D.O. only) who have recently completed psychiatry residency training and are committed to an academic career. The two-year training program provides multiple opportunities to acquire research skills, take didactic courses related to research, formulate research hypotheses, collect, analyze, and publish data, and learn grantsmanship skills.

Full funding is provided by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Fellows are enrolled in the research training curriculum of the UC Davis K30 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP). The MCRTP is a component of the UC Davis Clinical Translational Science Center, part of a national consortium funded by NIH. The MCRTP offers a two-year curriculum and electives that are individually tailored to each scholar's career development needs. Courses on many topics relevant to the conduct of clinical and translational research are offered, including research design, biostatistics, database management, ethics, fiscal and protocol compliance, grant writing, career development, and academic-industry partnerships. More information about the MCRTP can be found at For fellows interested in developmental disabilities, there are additional weekly seminars and research opportunities available through the M.I.N.D Institute's T32 training grant.

Each fellow is closely mentored by a senior researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. Fellows are immersed in the laboratory of their mentor and provided with the resources and supervision needed to carry out an independent research project. Research opportunities have a strong translational focus, with relevance to clinical problems and patient care. Current faculty research in the Department falls in the following areas:

Application procedure

Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed until the position is filled.  To apply, submit a one to two page statement of research interests, experiences and career goals, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by e-mail or postal mail to:

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, Room 2343
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817