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Forest Pharmaceuticals educational grant to support academic psychiatry careers

Mark Haviland, PhD, and Steven Yellon, PhD
Mark Haviland (right), PhD, professor and director of research for the department of psychiatry, and Steven Yellon, PhD, professor of physiology in the center for perinatal biology research, have worked together to develop a curriculum to prepare psychiatry residents and junior faculty for academic careers.
Forest Pharmaceuticals has awarded Mark G. Haviland, PhD, professor and director of research, department of psychiatry, a $25,000 grant to prepare psychiatry residents and junior faculty for academic careers. As part of its effort to promote industry-university partnerships, Forest Pharmaceuticals is supporting the development of a seminar series and a resource handbook for fourth-year psychiatry residents and junior psychiatry faculty.

With the assistance of Steven Yellon, PhD, professor of physiology in the Center for Perinatal Biology Research, Dr. Haviland has designed both the seminars and the handbook to highlight the appeal of academic careers as well as outline resources available to support teaching and research.

Drs. Haviland and Yellon are particularly well equipped to guide this program. Dr. Haviland has established successful research partnerships with, for example, LLU and UCLA-RAND Health faculty, as well as staff at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Psychiatric Association.  He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers on health and mental health policy, child abuse, affect deficits, medical education, and psychological measurement and has presented at national and international conferences. His recent affect deficits work has been translated into French, German, Portuguese, and Chinese. Dr. Yellon has extensive research grant experience and has developed and taught courses in the School of Medicine and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Common interests in neuroendocrinology research and resident training initially brought Drs. Haviland and Yellon together for this project, which supports the School of Medicine’s interest in cooperative efforts between clinical department faculty and basic scientists. Building upon strengths in each of these areas, the goal is to translate basic science understanding of research and teaching processes into lifelong learning and excellence in academic clinical practice. William G.C. Murdoch, MD, interim chair of psychiatry, comments, “This will greatly assist our efforts to recruit and retain the very best junior psychiatry faculty and support the School of Medicine’s research mission,” which is “to cultivate a creative environment for inquiry and discovery of new routes to wholeness through basic and clinical research.”

TODAY news for Thursday, December 1, 2005