Pre and Post Doctoral Fellowships

Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics


  • The Joint Training Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics educates promising pre and post-doctoral trainees as epidemiological, social behavioral, and biostatistical scientists in psychiatric research, with two focus areas: psychiatric genetics and analytical methods for translational research. Training can be customized to the needs of the trainee, and typically includes a combination of coursework, seminars, practica, and independent and collaborative research in mental health.
  • The Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have an accomplished faculty who have worked collaboratively in these areas for many years. Mentors come from Harvard Chan faculty as well as those from other institutions, including the Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and McLean Hospital. The list of mentors can be found here.
  • Trainees are expected to attend the monthly seminar in Population Mental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and present at this seminar at least once during their training period. Trainees are also invited to attend the national T32 meeting held in New York City prior to the American Psychopathological Association annual meeting.


  • Candidates for all awards must be US citizens or green card holders.
  • For predoctoral candidates, support is available to individuals accepted to the doctoral degree program in Population Health Sciences in Epidemiology or Social and Behavioral Sciences or in the doctoral degree program in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is typically offered in conjunction with acceptance to the School.
  • For post-doctoral candidates wishing to pursue supervised research, a prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, ScD, DPH) in Epidemiology, Statistics, Biostatistics, or a closely related field is required. The Department of Biostatistics provides additional information about postdoctoral opportunities in Biostatistics.
  • We also encourage psychiatrists and clinical psychologists seeking advanced research training (typically a Master’s or doctoral degree in Epidemiology) to apply for support of coursework and/or supervised research experience. Those wishing to complete a degree should make application to the School as well as to the training program.


Submit the following materials online:

  • 2 -page Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 2-3 page letter outlining your background, goals and the planned research and mentorship team
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume


For more information, please contact program directors:

Karestan Koenen, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Deborah Blacker, M.D., Sc.D.
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jukka-Pekka “JP” Onnela, D.Sc.
Department of Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Application can be submitted online at: