Throughout the Division of Psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance, there are opportunities for trainees to be involved in research. At times, this involvement has helped shape a trainee's dissertation research. It is also possible for trainees to be assigned research mentors from psychologists who are involved in the Department of Psychiatry's research. We encourage trainees' participation in the ongoing research projects in the Department, and the development of proposals for original research. Currently, approximately twenty faculty members are engaged in research projects - a few with major research grants, and others with smaller grants or unfunded projects. Primary investigators often develop research projects in cooperation with other members of the Department of Psychiatry, with other schools within Harvard University, and with other affiliated institutions.
The Department of Psychiatry values research as the foundation for improving the quality of clinical care, and considers the conduct of research to be essential for determining the efficacy of methods of care, and for disseminating these methods to the larger professional community. Psychology Trainees, Interns and Post-doctoral Fellows are encouraged to join existing research activities, and are provided with technical and creative support in the development of new research endeavors.