Research residents will have special didactic programming in PGY-1, and a 2 month block of available time during PGY-2, in which to organize and pursue a research focus. During PGY 3 and 4, research residents may pursue either a “block” or “longitudinal” model of research time. The block model would provide 3 months for research in PGY-3, 3 months full-time in PGY-4, plus an additional 15 hours/week for the final half of PGY-4. The longitudinal model would provide 10 hours/week for research throughout PGY-3, 15 hours/week for half of PGY-4, and 20 hours/week for the remainder of PGY-4.


Opportunities for ongoing research include the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, the Division of Addictions Psychiatry, the Division of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, the VCU Mood Disorders Institute, and the Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies. Other areas of focus may be arranged throughout the Department and its affiliates.



The Department of Psychiatry has a broad, diverse, and internationally recognized series of research programs, spanning many areas of modern psychiatry. These include basic behavioral science endeavors, outcome studies, and clinical projects with immediate applicability. Residents receive didactic instruction in research methods and design, and are welcome to participate in a wide variety of research projects, with faculty mentorship and support.



  • Ranked nationally in the top quartile of research funding for psychiatry departments
  • Major interdisciplinary programs with such departments as Human Genetics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Neurology, and Psychology
  • Special institutes for psychiatric genetics, mood disorders, autism, women's health and child and family studies
  • More than 200 publications in major journals annually
  • Publication of several leading textbooks