Psychiatric Epidemiology

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 175 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).


The Columbia University Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program routinely reviews applications in February. The earliest date for funding is July 1, with a usual start date of September 1.

Download the PET program application

Important Notice for Predoctoral Applicants

  • Predoctoral students should apply to the doctoral program when they apply to the PET program.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.


The current funding level for predoctoral fellows is $24,816 per year.

Postdoctoral stipends depend on the number of years of experience since receiving a PhD or MD:

0 years1 year2 years3 years4 years5 years6 years7 or more years

Additionally, the program offers tuition benefits for courses at Columbia University for predoctoral students with limited support for postdocs. Fellows typically receive a modest travel allowance, contingent upon the budget, to facilitate attendance at professional meetings outside of New York City.

The program also provides health coverage for trainees through the University’s Student Health System.


New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)

Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

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