SRI Overview

About: The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is an effort by the field of geriatric psychiatry to increase the number of talented investigators in the research career pipeline and to broaden the base of geriatric psychiatry research by attracting new investigators. SRI's focus is to provide the tools necessary to begin, maintain, and succeed in a research career in the mental disorders of late life.

Aim: The aim of SRI is to assist new investigators to establish careers of research in our very competitive and changing academic and clinical environment. The intensive, one-week program includes lectures, group seminars, workshops, and individual consultation and mentoring. The program is oriented to the identification of the actual conditions needed to establish a research career and to the "nuts and bolts" of research.

Sessions are devoted to issues of strategy and tactics of research development and will not repeat the substantive information contained in standard coursework or lecture series. There is continuing communication between trainees and faculty after the Institute, including workshops at the annual meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Participants: The program is designed for 25 participants and aimed at junior faculty members as well as post-residency (MD or DO) and post-doctoral (PhD, PsyD, PharmD) fellows. The program is not oriented toward predoctoral students.

The previous Institutes have been highly successful. Comments by past attendees include:

"This has been one of the best educational experiences of my life."

"This was the most useful time  in my research career."

"I honestly believe it has and will have a major impact on my career."

A one-year follow-up of participants found:

  • 93% attained authorship
  • 39% had grants funded
  • 39% had grants submitted
  • 87% gave a professional presentation
  • 36% began a new research activity
  • 26% attained awards or promotions