Pre-Baccalaureate Training In Mental Health Research

NIMH has funded this Career Opportunities in Research (COR) program to strengthen research and research training experiences in scientific disciplines related to mental health, especially at four-year undergraduate institutions serving mostly underrepresented minority students. In collaboration with established researchers at Psychiatric Institute, the applicant institution, Mercy College, has developed a two-year COR Honors Undergraduate Program for which 5-10 highly talented 3rd and 4th year honor students are selected. Priority is given to candidates from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, racial/ethnic minority groups and/or individuals with disabilities. This program includes special course work at Mercy College and mentored research training at Psychiatric Institute (PI) designed to improve the qualifications of COR Trainees to gain entry and complete successfully a graduate program of study leading to Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees for research careers in fields related to mental health. As part of their National Research Service Award, COR Trainees also receive annual stipends, tuition assistance, and support services.

PI Faculty Members:

Peter Balsam, Gerard Bruder, Susan Essock, Suzette Evans
William Fifer, Christina Hoven, Holly Lisanby, Bruce Luber
Chara Malapani, Michael Myers, Harry Shair, Michael Terman, James Towey.


Full-time Mercy College student (GPA>3.2), U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


James P. Towey, Ph.D. (Program Director);
New York State Psychiatric Institute, Unit 50
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032 |
(212) 543-5464