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Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

The Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry

Founding Directors: Stuart T. Hauser, MD, Ph.D. & Robert W. McCarley, MD
Principal Investigator: Martha E. Shenton, Ph.D.
Co-directors: Martha E. Shenton, Ph.D. & Marek Kubicki, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Maria Loy

The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), originally founded by legendary scientist Stuart T. Hauser, MD, Ph.D., has been in operation for 39 years.  It is distinguished by its commitment to multi-disciplinary training, including that of outstanding students drawn from a spectrum of sciences relevant to clinical psychiatry research. Student fields range from basic biological brain research, to family studies, to longitudinal developmental studies of psychopathology and resilience.

Currently, the CRTP offers five stipends that support postdoctoral candidates (M.D. or Ph.D.) for two-year fellowships, contingent upon successful completion of the first year. Preceptors from over 40 different research sites throughout Harvard are paired with appropriate postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to the core research mentor teaching relationship, all fellows attend a weekly interdisciplinary seminar at Judge Baker led by Martha Shenton and Marek Kubicki.  At these seminars, fellows present their work, participate in a grant-writing workshop, and partake in a substantive module, the latter of which changes each year depending on the interests of the seminar members. Past topics have included intelligence, emotion, language, memory, depression paradigms and coping processes. The final component of training involves course work at Harvard and other universities, focused on relevant topics such as multivariate statistics, neuroscience and experimental design.

For more information on this program or to find out how to apply, please send an e-mail to