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PREDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES

Announcing a new interdisciplinary PhD track run out of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics! VIPBG collaborates with the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research to offer a novel interdisciplinary PhD in Clinical and Translational Science with a specialization in the area of Psychiatric, Behavioral, and Statistical Genetics (PBSG). Students in the PBSG track obtain interdisciplinary training, with coursework in human genetics, psychology/psychiatry, biostatistics, and epidemiology, with flexibility to tailor training and research experience to the student's interests and career goals.

Graduate students in PhD programs from other departments, including Psychology, Human & Molecular Genetics, Biostatistics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Integrative Life Sciences, and Medicine (MD/PhD program) often work with VIPBG faculty. Many of VIPBG faculty have appointments across multiple departments which facilitates interdisciplinary research. While this route does allow students to conduct research with Institute faculty, students who come through external departments must adhere to the requirements of their home departments. As a result, this approach may lengthen time to degree completion because students must fulfill all the course requirements for the home department, as well as additional interdisciplinary coursework necessary to conduct research in the area of psychiatric and behavioral genetics. If you are applying to a PhD program in another department and want to work with a faculty member at VIPBG as your primary mentor, we highly recommend that you e-mail the VIPBG faculty member and make them aware of your intentions so that they can communicate directly with the admissions committees of the relevant department.

Graduate students in the PBSG program are funded through a variety of sources, including University Graduate School Fellowships, NIH grants held by individual VIPBG faculty, and two VIPBG training grants: T32MH020030: Research Training: Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics and R25DA026119: Research Education in Statistical Genetics of Substance Abuse.

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