School of Medicine

General Psychiatry Residency

Research Specialized Track

The Research Track (RT) is a specialized training program for psychiatry residents planning careers as physician-scientists. This individualized program is geared toward MD-PhD graduates, as well as MD/DO graduates, who aim to become clinician researchers.

Our program is currently matching up to two RT residents per year.

Program Objectives

The RT is structured to integrate concurrent high-quality clinical training, personalized development of scientific skills and knowledge, post-doctoral research experience, and comprehensive mentorship. This longitudinal program allows each RT resident to develop a line of research while achieving competency as a clinical psychiatrist. 

Program Benefits

The extensive research support provided by the RT program includes:

  • the equivalent of 16 full-time months of protected research time
  • availability of startup funds, when needed for research
  • a mentorship team of senior and junior faculty
  • core didactics and individualized coursework
  • support for travel to 3 scientific meetings

Upon completing the program, RT residents are positioned to apply for a career development award (CDA) and launch their careers as clinician-investigators.  

Program Experience by Year

PGY

Research FTE

Dedicated Research Time

Activities and Goals

1

.08

1 month

  • Identify mentor and potential projects

2

.25

3 months

  • Develop RT project
  • Core and individualized coursework

3

.50

Half-time for 12 months

  • Continue RT project
  • Core and individualized coursework

4

.50

Half-time for 12 months

  • Write CDA application (first-draft)
  • Core and individualized coursework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Current Research Track Residents

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Muharrem Burak Baytunca, MD

I am from Turkey where I completed my child and adolescent psychiatry residency in 2016. Schizophrenia has been my research interest throughout my career. I have completed several research studies in this field including the evaluation of plasma polyamine levels in those with schizophrenia and OCD comorbidity in schizophrenia patients. I was involved in neuroimaging in the last year of my previous residency. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging has become the neuroimaging modality that I would like to master on. My current research project is to assess dynamic alteration in cerebral bioenergetics in schizophrenia patients by utilizing MR spectroscopy. My future goal is to continue my research studies in the field of psychotic disorders and continue my clinical work.

Link to resident profile.
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Ioanna Douka, MD

I graduated from University Of Patras, Medical School in Greece, December 2018 and I always wanted to continue further my education in US and to participate in Psychiatric Research. Having experienced medical illness in my close family and friend circle, I always wanted to contribute to the understanding of the underlying pathophysiologies and the development of more effective treatments. So September 2019 I joined the National Institute Of Mental Health.

Link to resident profile. 
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Rana Jawish, MD : Research Resident and Chief Resident

I graduated from University of Damascus School of Medicine in 2006. After graduation I completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Syria between 2006-2009. In 2009 I moved to the US to peruse my dream in post-graduate training. I completed post- graduate research fellowship in maternal-fetal division at University of Cincinnati between 2012-2015. My current research project is focused on exploring and advancing the utilization of interventional modalities in treating substance use disorder in perinatal period. My future goals include completing a fellowship in addiction psychiatry and pursuing a career in academic medicine, continuing both clinical and research work.

Link to resident profile.
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Eric Monson, MD, PhD: Research Resident and Chief Resident

I graduated from a combined degree medical scientist training program (MSTP) in 2018 from the University of Iowa (MD and PhD in computational genetics). My research is focused on understanding the genetics underlying suicide death and attempt within bipolar disorder as well as adolescents and young adults with a history of trauma exposure. My future goals include completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry and pursuing a career in academic medicine, continuing both clinical and research work.

Link to resident profile.
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Anthony Privratsky, MD, PhD

I grew up a beneficiary of diverse cultures and experiences, from Moscow, Russia, to Cairo, Egypt, and Baku, Azerbaijan, all of which contributed to my developing an interest in mental health. I graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2021, completing my PhD dissertation on functional neuroimaging, computational modeling, and dopamine pharmacogenetics of fear generalization in PTSD. My research experience also includes GABA receptor pharmacodynamics and serotonin and ovarian hormone effects on neural signaling and behavior in non-human animals. My long-term research interests include the broad application of computational, data-driven methods in psychiatry, mechanisms and risk for psychosis, particularly with regard to environmental exposures such as cannabis use, mechanisms of acute emotion dysregulation, and mechanisms and facilitation of mindfulness practice.

Link to resident profile.
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Kathleen Shangraw, MD, MCR

I'm coming to SLC with my fiancé, Jake, from Portland, OR. I grew up in the Portland area, left for undergrad at Scripps College, then returned to OR where I did a combined MD/MCR at OHSU. Most of my prior research has been in multiple sclerosis, though I'm most interested in getting involved in neuromodulation clinical research. I'm excited to be here and looking forward to meeting you all!

Link to resident profile.

Research Track Steering Committee

Learn More

Research in the Department of Psychiatry | https://medicine.utah.edu/psychiatry/research/

Researchers beyond the Department of Psychiatry | https://faculty.utah.edu/findaresearcher/