Trainees enter the program through graduate standing in either the Psychology or Genetics Departments or Neuroscience Program. The program is ideally suited for second year graduate students, though exceptions can be made for outstanding candidates.  The program is designed to provide student support for two consecutive years.



  • Trainees are required to take the following:
  • Two courses outside their home department:

  • PSYC 4765: Biological Bases of the Major Mental Disorders

  • PSYC 411: Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

  • PSYC 5523: Neuropsychological Syndromes

  • PSYC 519 Advanced Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience

  • BIO 5285: Fundamentals of Mammalian Genetics

  • BIO 5483 Human Linkage and Association Analysis

  • BIO 5488 Introduction to Genomics

  • BIO 5651:  Neural Systems

  • PSYC 4745: Genes, Brains and Behavior:  Pathways to Psychopathology

  • Quantitative Methods (in or outside of home department)

  • Ethical Conduct in Research (in or outside of home department)



IPNG Journal Club
Trainees are expected to attend the biweekly IPNG journal club meetings and are required to present at these meetings at least once per academic year. At these meetings, we discuss recent published work relevant to IPNG, present preliminary data, or discuss research ideas. The schedule and directions may be found here


Summer Genetics Workshop
Trainees are required to attend one summer genetics workshop. This summer workshop is designed to provide students with hands on practical skills for managing genetic data and conducting related analyses. More information may be found here


Annual Research Day
During each academic year, IPNG will host an external speaker who conducts research at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and genetics. During this research day, IPNG trainees will present their work, have lunch with the visiting speaker, and attend the visiting speakers talk. An award is given for outstanding student presentation. Information about the annual research day may be found here

Research Activities
Research projects, including the dissertation, emphasize some aspect of the interface between psychology, neuroscience, and/or genetics.  Trainees will developed collaborative and intellectual connections with researchers in these disciplines, and continued participation in informal aspects of the training atmosphere will encourage trainees to continue to view problems from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Our goal is to train scientists who do not view these areas as distinct disciplines, but rather have a unified view of the interface of psychology, neuroscience, and genetics as an integrated set of tools and basic knowledge for approaching questions about human behavior.


Other Activities
In addition, trainees are expected to attend departmental colloquia, workshops, retreats, and distinguished speaker series to gain exposure to cutting edge science related to psychology, neuroscience, and genetics. Moreover, trainees are expected to attend workshops on professional science issues (e.g., ethics, how to obtain a postdoc, transitioning to a faculty position) offered in Psychology and Neuroscience.