IMPACT Post-doctoral Program

Neal Ryan, MD, and David Kolko, PhD, co-direct IMPACT (Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment). This two-year, NIMH-funded training program matches creative and energetic post-doctoral (MD or PhD) individuals in mental-health related disciplines with faculty members who provide mentorship across an array of approaches and methods, including genetics and fMRI, clinical trials, and services research that encompasses the range of major child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. In addition, we provide resources for travel, coursework, and pilot research.

The program, which has been funded since 1990, aims to develop scientists who can formulate original and significant research in areas such as:

  • mechanisms of pathogenesis, persistence, and treatment response;
  • translation of basic research findings into clinical interventions;
  • identification of individual differences in treatment response that leads to personalization and optimization of treatment;
  • implementation of effective interventions in community settings;
  • strategies for the dissemination of effective treatments; and
  • consumer, provider, and contextual determinants of intervention acceptability, effectiveness, and uptake.

Is IMPACT right for you? Listen to what some of our past fellows have to say about their time in the program.

 Contact the featured IMPACT alumni: Lisa Pan, MD, Laura Dietz, PhD, Dana McMakin, PhD

Fellows at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have an opportunity to work with respected, multi-disciplinary faculty in one of the strongest child and adolescent psychiatry clinical and research programs in the United States. The majority of our graduates go on to obtain academic appointments, secure external funding, and become leading researchers themselves. 

Apply for the IMPACT Post-doctoral Program.