Research Training Tracks

This unique track within the psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry residencies integrates training in psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and research throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-5 years. This track leads to a 6th year of funded, full-time research in child & adolescent psychiatry. The primary goal of the integrated track is to prepare clinician-scientists for future academic roles in child psychiatry.


Joseph Sakai, MD

Program Director

This is a unique track within the psychiatry residency that incorporates research experiences and training throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years. Identification of a project and mentor begins early in the PGY-1 year, with protected time allotted for research in all 4 years. This track maximizes research time and training concurrently with acquiring clinical competence in psychiatry; its goal is to develop clinician-scientists for future academic roles in psychiatry.


Joseph Sakai, MD

Program Director


While some residents do more intense research through the Integrated Track or Research Track, all complete a scholarly project which may include participation in the Department's annual poster show or submission to a national journal or meeting. 

The goal of our scholarly program is to prepare psychiatrists to critically evaluate scientific literature and how that literature drives evidence-based practice apply the basic principles of research to clinical questions they encounter in their practice develop an area of expertise relevant to their career goals become lifelong learners and scholars.

In the first half of the PGY-2 year, residents receive a specialized curriculum in research methods, QI development, and scholarly writing skills.  In the second half of the PGY-2 year, each resident has a one-month, mentored scholarship rotation.

Clinical Training Tracks

This clinical track offers rotation options in child and adolescent settings starting in the PGY-I year including pediatrics and pediatric neurology.   In the PGY-2 year, participants in this track have their choice of rotating on Children’s Hospital’s inpatient psychiatry unit or Denver Health’s adolescent psychiatry unit.  PGY-3s  have the opportunity to work in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. The objectives of this track are to enhance the developmental perspective in psychiatry, provide early exposure to child and adolescent clinical settings, and to foster career development in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

The Career Program is jointly sponsored by the psychiatry residency and its public mental health partners. The objective of the career program is to provide residents with an in-depth exposure to public psychiatry while still in training and to foster career development in community and state mental health systems. Residents enroll in the program at the beginning of the PGY-2 year and are given a leave of absence after the PGY-3 year in order to perform a year of staff service at a public sector mental health facility. Participating residents are paid the standard salary set by the sponsoring institution for the service year; this salary is partly distributed during the training years as a supplement to the regular residency stipend.

Currently, the Mental Health Center of Denver is participating in this program.

The MHCD career program was instituted in 1994. During their service year, residents in the Career Program work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team within a full continuum of recovery-oriented services.  MHCD serves the City and County of Denver and provides treatment to individuals and families with a wide variety of behavioral health problems: crisis intervention, children and families at risk, persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.  MHCD employs over 400 professionals to provide a range of services at 32 sites for more than 7000 people each year.  Services include evidence-based and innovative practices such as Assertive Community Treatment, integrated physical health care, and supported employment and housing.

The Psychotherapy Scholars Track is designed for psychiatry residents who seek advanced psychotherapy training and psychotherapy scholarship during residency and who plan to pursue additional psychotherapy training and practice post-residency. This track builds upon the comprehensive psychotherapy curriculum that is a core component of our residency program and uses elective time to add intensive supervision, reading, and projects. The goals of the Psychotherapy Scholars Track include: 

  1. Advanced knowledge base in psychotherapy theory, literature, and history. 
  2. Clinical competency in five forms of psychotherapy including brief treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, and family and couples psychotherapy. 
  3. Completion of a scholarly project related to psychotherapy. 

Contact Us

Department of Psychiatry Residency

13001 E 17th Place

Bldg 500, Rm E2322

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-6019

Fax: (303) 724-4963


Sara Dillard

Program Coordinator

Phone: (303) 724-6019

Email: Sara Dillard


Robert D. Davies, MD

Program Director

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Email: Dr. Davies