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Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program Overview

The Columbia University Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program (PET) was created in 1972 to train individuals from different disciplines in psychiatric epidemiology. The program has supported and trained over 145 researchers who have made valuable contributions within their respective research, clinical, and community settings.

The mission of the program is to equip new generations of pre- and postdoctoral fellows with the skills and vision needed to conceptualize, measure, and test ideas about psychiatric disorders that will advance the field in both incremental and ground-breaking ways. To fulfill this mission, we emphasize a framework for investigating the etiology, course, and consequences of mental illness that highlights the dynamic interplay of multiple levels, that is, a person (biology, psychology), in context (family, social network, neighborhood, workplace, society) through time (person and contextual change).