The mission of the Program for Behavioral Sciences (PBS) is knowledge for children and families. The CBS is conceived as a research institute to generate knowledge that will impact the emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive health of children and their families.
Grounded in the Department of Psychiatry’s overarching vision, the priorities of the PBS are to identify critical gaps in the knowledge base required to promote healthy child development and reduce the burden of mental illness on children and families, and to propose research to fill these gaps. These priorities include: 1) research that is guided by a well-grounded appreciation of development, particularly the developing brain in its social context, i.e., research that goes “From Neurons to Neighborhoods”, and 2) research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.
We have structured the clinical aspects of our residency training program so that the majority of experiences required by the ACGME are completed in the first year, allowing substantial discretionary time in the second year for personal pursuits, including research. Our residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research. Residents may attend regularly scheduled open meetings in the PBS in order to meet faculty who may then serve as research mentors, so that they become aware of the opportunities open to them. Residents who intend to pursue research in earnest are assigned faculty mentors who work directly with them to develop ideas for projects.
The Stuart J. Goldman Child Psychiatry Resident Development Fund provides financial support to second-year residents to carry out research projects of their own. The goal of this award is to help residents complete an independent project that leads to the preparation and presentation of an original poster at a major national meeting, and may also serve as the basis to apply for research fellowships after child psychiatry training.
In addition to the PBS, through its Clinical Research Program, Children’s Hospital Boston offers the opportunity to all trainees to enroll in courses in basic clinical research design, biostatistics, and the use of statistical software packages.