Research Training Opportunities

We have a strong tradition of training and inspiring the next generation of research scientists. From exceptional faculty to state-of-the-art facilities to interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, we provide the tools and opportunities to launch a successful research career. Graduates from our department use their research skills to improve the mental health of populations around the world.

Trainees have access to over 100 faculty working in a wide range of research areas, ensuring any interest can be accommodated. We take pride in nurturing early career researchers at the world’s most innovative public university (Reuters, 2019).

Our department offers a wide array of opportunities for students interested in contributing to research. All of our research projects and program areas are open to UW undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and we encourage their involvement. Please contact our individual Centers & Programs directly.

The University of Washington Psychiatry Resident Research Program (PRRP) offers a wide range of research opportunities in the areas of basic and clinical neurosciences, health services, genetics, and the interface of mental health and addictions. In addition to a primary mentor, participants receive scientific and career guidance from a mentoring committee as well as salary support. Participants typically have 80% research time available for 16 months. Learn more

The Clinician Scientist Training Program supports the development of Clinician Scientists in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  by identifying, engaging and supporting students, trainees and early career faculty who are interested in research. Learn more

Psychology residents are encouraged to increase the sophistication of their clinical research by collaborating on ongoing faculty projects. Residents can pursue independent projects with faculty support. Learn more

This weekly seminar hosted by the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors is geared toward teaching the fundamentals of successful grant writing. The seminar is open to all of our trainees. Please contact Mary Larimer for more information at

With four T-32 training grants, an Institute for Education Sciences-funded training grant, fellowship opportunities through VA Puget Sound, and numerous faculty members with cutting-edge labs, we offer a rich research environment for trainees. View our Fellowship Database to search for relevant opportunities.