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.

The The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG) is an interdepartmental and interinstitutional group with a core membership of approximately 30 members. In addition to members, numerous other faculty and trainees attend our meetings. Anyone interested in developmental psychobiology is welcome to attend meetings and become a member of DPRG. Members are entitled to apply for grants from the Developmental Psychobiology Endowment Fund to support their research. Meetings are held on the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of each month, September through May from 10:00-11:45 am in CPH Room 2K08.

The DPRG was awarded an endowment in 1975, which has been subject to periodic renewal. The most recent renewal was completed in 1999 and will provide funding for the group’s activities through 2009. The strong support of the department and the medical school was crucial to this renewal. The endowment is used to provide small around $5,000) grants to:

  • Facilitate research of young investigators 
  • Facilitate new research 
  • Provide emergency one-time support for ongoing projects 
  • Provide seed money for collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects 
  • Fund special projects of the group as a whole, including the Biennial Retreat (even years) and Spring Fling (odd years). 

DPRG also continues to serve as a model for research groups, both in the department and the medical school. Discussion groups within the department such as the Developmental Disability Research Group (DDRG) and the Behavioral Immunology Research Group (BIRG) have modeled themselves after DPRG. As recently as the summer of 2005 the School of Medicine initiated a new research group focusing on the interdisciplinary study of women’s health, which based their program on DPRG. Several smaller, more focused discussion groups have coordinated their meeting times and places with DPRG to increase participation and efficiency for members. These include: 

  • Affect Seminar (2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of the month 8:30-10): Bob Emde 
  • Developmental Disabilities Research Group (2 nd Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Susan Hepburn 
  • Perinatal Vulnerability to Psychosis Research Group (4 th Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Randy Ross 
  • Preventive Intervention in Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood (Tuesdays, various dates, 1:00-3:00): David Olds 

The greatest asset of the DPRG is the diversity of its participants. The strong collaborative nature of the program can be seen in the number of collaborative studies, research publications and extramural funding that have resulted from both the partnerships and from the seed grants made available by the group. More information about the seminar series, the retreat and other activities can be found at the DPRG website​. ​

Clinical Training Tracks

This clinical track offers rotation options in child and adolescent settings during the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years, including pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and inpatient, outpatient, and consultation-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry. 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

Sara Dillard

Program Coordinator

Department of Psychiatry

13001 E 17th Place

Bldg 500, Rm E2322

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303)724-6021

Fax: (303)724-4963

Email: Sara Dillard


Robert D. Davies, MD

Program Director

Phone: (303)724-6021

Email: Dr. Davies