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Research Colloquium for Junior Psychiatrist Investigators

Develop Your Research Career

Since 1996, the mission of the Research Colloquium for Junior Psychiatrist Investigators has been to promote the research career development for early career psychiatrists through mentoring and networking activities.

Senior research and statistic/methodological mentors work with our chairs, director and program manager to create a unique and immersive experience for Colloquim participants from the U.S. and Canada, and around the world.

The program includes a two-day event where participants meet with and receive guidance from top researchers and academics in the field; mentorship, information on research career development and grantsmanship, and networking with senior researchers; and pre- and post- event webinars on the program, research updates and career guidance.

2023 Mentees

  • James Aluri, M.D., M.A.
  • Jonas Attilus, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Oluwole Babatunde, M.D., Ph.D.
  • James Bryant, M.D.
  • Samuel Bunting, M.D., MSHA
  • Monica Feliz Castillo, M.D., M.S.
  • Christopher Villongco, M.D.
  • Yanni Chang, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Ingrid Chen, M.D.
  • Jaclyn Chen, M.D.
  • Joshua Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Christopher Demetriades, M.D.
  • Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Lais Fonseca, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Adam Frank, M.D., Ph.D.
  • David Freedman, M.D.
  • Pedro Fukuti, M.D.
  • Eric Goldwaser, D.O., Ph.D.
  • Jairo M. Gonzalez-Diaz, M.D., MSc
  • Zachary Harvanek, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Alison Huckenpahler, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Andrew Hyatt, M.D.
  • Sarah Jefferson, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Aaron Jenkins, M.D.
  • Brett Jones, M.D.
  • Mark Kaggwa, MBChB, MMED
  • Deepak Kaji, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Matthew Kearney, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Ying Li, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Gustavo Medeiros, M.D.
  • Alessandro Miola, M.D.
  • Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, M.D., MSc
  • Christian Morfaw, M.D.
  • Peter Na, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Sean O'Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Samantha Patel, M.D.
  • Jean-Charles Roy, M.D.
  • Jorge Sanchez Ruiz, M.D.
  • Ritvij Satodiya, M.D.
  • Nursel Selcukler, M.D.
  • Brian Sweis, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Karuna Thomas, MBBS, MRCPsych
  • Garth Terry, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marie-Julie Toupet, M.D.
  • Perry Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Belinda Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Shuyu Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • John Zulueta, M.D.

Two Program Tracks

Colloquium participants are assigned to one of two tracks based on their experience level and stage of research:

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Those in the early stages of developing areas of research interest, in need of guidance.

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Those with an area of interest, in need of help developing a K-award project for their research portfolio.

Six Research Areas

Colloquium participants and mentors are grouped in one of six research area based on their interest and experience:

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Alcohol, Pain, and Drug Abuse Research

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Clinical Psychobiology

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Health Disparities and Health Services

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Molecular, Translational, and Neuroscience Research

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Treatment from Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology to Neural Strategies

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Military Mental Health, PTSD, TBI, Suicide

Two-Day Research Colloquium

On top of year-round mentorship, education and networking events, the program culminates around a two-day Colloquium event at the APA's Annual Meeting:


Presentations on mentorship, work-life balance, career trajectory and development, grantsmanship and funding opportunities, and networking with senior research mentors.


Small break out groups; research poster presentations with menor guidance and feedback; and a working lunch plenary with ADSP, NIAAA, BBRF, and NIH.


This research career development program is partially funded by an R-13 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Our other sponsoring and partnering organizations make this program possible thanks to their interest in helping advance psychiatric research and nurturing the minds of junior psychiatrist investigators.

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Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium
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Society of Biological Psychiatry Collaborating to eliminate human suffering from mental illness


Colloquium participants have gone on to make great strides in the field of psychiatry as researchers, department chairs, faculty, and at leadership roles within government agencies, APA and other professional organizations.

Alison Hwong, M.D., Ph.D.

2018 Participant

Dr. Hwong was selected as APA Foundation's Psychiatric Research Fellow for 2019. Dr. Hwong is a PGY-3 resident at UCSF whose proposed research aims to improve preventive health care delivery for patients with serious mental illness.

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Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D.

Mentor, Clinical Psychobiology, 2013 Participant

Dr. Rodriguez received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

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Stephen Strakowski, M.D.

Mentor, Molecular, Translational, & Neuroscience

Dr. Strakowski received the 2019 Award for Research, the highest award for research given by APA. Dr. Strakowski is Associate Vice President, Regional Mental Health and Founding Chair & Professor of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School, University of Texas.

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Manpreet Singh, M.D., M.S.

Mentor, Clinical Psychobiology

Dr. Singh was awarded the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by APA. The Ittleson Award recognizes outstanding and published research in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

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