Our Environment


Duquesne Incline from the top. By Plastikspork (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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 museums, a symphony, and a ballet company, and is home to professional football, hockey, and baseball teams. Located at the confluence of three rivers, Pittsburgh boasts numerous vibrant riverfront areas. Point State Park, located on 36 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 at the Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau.



The Cathedral of Learning Lawn campus of the University of Pittsburgh as seen from the portico of Mellon Institute. Photo by Michael G. White.

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. The Department of Psychiatry ranks first in the field nationally in NIH funding.

Additionally, the University of Pittsburgh offers guidance, support, and resources through the Office of Academic Career Development, assisting post-docs across the university's health sciences community in developing their careers as academic scholars. 


The IMPACT Program

The IMPACT (Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment) program operates within the Department of Psychiatry housed at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and is considered one of the world’s leading centers for research and treatment of mental health disorders. Over $90 million in research and research training grants was received by the department in FY2010. It is ranked first in NIMH awards.

Our program is distinctive in providing research training that integrates intervention; prevention and services research; and mentoring from a multidisciplinary faculty. Moreover, our training program is part of a larger multidisciplinary network that constitutes CHIPS (Child Intervention Prevention & Services).

In addition, the program has strong links to the Developmental Affective Science Collective (DASC), a group conducting research at the University of Pittsburgh on affective disorders and affective development.