IMPACT Pre-doctoral Summer Program

The IMPACT (Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment) summer fellowship is an 8-week, pre-doctoral research elective offered each year for up to four medical students. Each student is paired with a mentor from our training faculty whose work complements the student’s research interests. Fellows in the program will work on a project that will lead to a scientific presentation and a peer-reviewed publishable product.

The program seeks to

  • increase exposure of medical students to child psychiatry research,
  • introduce fellows to different research and clinical settings,
  • lay the groundwork for a scholarly project, and
  • provide a stepping stone toward a career in academic child psychiatry. 

Previous participants have gone on to prestigious child psychiatry training programs.  

Each student will be paid a stipend. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or be permanent residents of the U.S.

Apply for the IMPACT Pre-doctoral Summer Program. 

2015 Fellow Luncheon
Top row, l-r: Carla Mazefsky, Erin Whaite, Sivan Kassiff, Thomas Zimmer, Lisa Pan. Bottom row, l-r: Emilie Transue, Dana Rofey, Yuliya Dobruskina, David Brent, Steven Pham

2015 Pre-Doctoral Fellows  

Emilie Transue

Mentor: Dr. Carla Mazefsky

Project: Emotion Dysregulation and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Erin Whaite

Mentors: Dr. Carla Mazefsky

Project: Amygdala Reactivity to Negative Emotional Information in Adolescents with ASD

Yuliya Dobruskina

Mentor: Dr. Dana Rofey

Project: Review of the Field of Transgender Health

Sivan Kassiff

Mentor: Dr. Lisa Pan

Project: Metabolomics of Treatment-Refractory Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults

2014 Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Petra Martin

Mentor: Dr. Lisa Pan

Project: Metabolomics of Treatment Refractory Depression

Jessie Weikang Zhang

Mentors: Dr. Alison Hipwell, Dr. David Brent

Project: Borderline Personality Traits in Maternal Behavior

Thomas James Zimmer

Mentor: Dr. Lisa Pan

Project: Metabolomics of Treatment Refractory Depression