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New Haven Psychoanalytic Research Training Program

Linda Mayes, M.D.

     The Anna Freud Centre program at the Yale Child Study Center sponsors an annual New Haven Psychoanalytic Research Training Program.  Modeled on the successful IPA-sponsored summer Research Training Program at University College London, the New Haven program provides opportunities for scholars interested in psychodynamic perspectives to meet with experienced investigators.  A central part of the experience is the opportunity for fellows to present and discuss their own research projects and research goals with members of the faculty and other participants.  Fellows have an opportunity to refine their research question and to meet other fellows from around the U.S. and the world.  Relationships among the fellows and between the fellows and faculty flourish and continue through ongoing consultations and collaborative studies.  There is a remarkable and exciting synergy between clinicians drawing from their years of clinical experience and experienced investigators trying to ask more clinically relevant questions.

Key Goals of the Model

  • To provide fellows with the mentoring they need to design psychoanalytically relevant research
  • To build bridges between psychoanalysis and the empirical perspective of social and developmental neuroscience
  • To foster a mentoring/collaborative relationship as well as a spirit of inquiry among like-minded psychoanalytic scholars
  • To demonstrate the compatibility of research perspectives for practicing analysts when presented in the spirit of collaboration
  • To demonstrate how insights from the consulting room inform research methods (and vice versa) 

Key Elements of the Program

  • Individual consultations between fellows and faculty
  • Presentations by fellows of their clinical observations, beginning questions, research designs or intriguing early data
  • Presentations by faculty about their research and the challenges they encounter in their work
  • Clinical-research integration with practicing psychoanalysts as members of the training faculty
  • Post-training program follow-up through ongoing faculty and fellow consultation, joing a networking of "RTP Graduates"
  • Submitting posters to American Psychoanalytic Association and other annual meetings, and regular fellow reunions

Practical Details

What is required?
A research idea, with at least a beginning research design about which fellows seek consultation from experienced psychoanalytic researchers.

Who is eligible?
We encourage applicants at the postdoctoral level or beyond interested in psychoanalysis and in psychoanalytically informed research questions. Fellows at the predoctoral level are also welcome with a letter of support from their primary dissertation advisor. Previous fellows have come from developmental and cognitive psychology, psychiatry, and social work with differing combinations of research/clinical experience.

How often is the Program offered?
Annually in the spring

Yale Child Study Center, New Haven CT

There is no tuition. Fellows are responsible for their travel to New Haven and their lodging expenses.

How to Apply

The application should include:

1. A brief CV
2. A 200 work abstract of the applicant's research interests and goals
3. A description of the applicant's current research involvement and teh project the applicant plans to present at the meeting including details on the research plan and design (up to 4 pages)
4. A set of questions for which the applicant is seeking research consultation (up to 1 page)
5. For predoctoral applicants - a letter from the dissertation advisor stating support for the applicant's seeking consultation

Please Note: Applicants need to come with a research project/question and a beginning research design that they want consultation on. They also need to be prepared to present their ideas to the research group.

Applications MUST be submitted by March 15, 2010

For More Information
Those interested may fill out the contact form or/and
write to:

Linda Mayes, M.D.
Yale Child Study Center
230 So. Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520

Tel: 203.785.3502 or 203.785.7211
Fax: 203.785-7926


Faculty for Prior Research Training Programs have included:

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D.
Patrick Luyten, Ph.D.
Mary Target, Ph.D.
Andrew Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
Carl Lejuez, Ph.D.
Susan Bers, Ph.D.
John Clarkin, Ph.D.
David Reiss, M.D.
John Auerbach, Ph.D.
Robert Waldinger, M.D.
Helena Rutherford, Ph.D.
Linda Mayes, M.D.
Carl Lejuez, Ph.D.


Neuroscience Poster Program 2010