Research Mentorship

Research Track residents can be mentored by members of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry faculty as well as other departments in the Medical Center and across Vanderbilt University.

Department of Psychiatry Faculty Mentors Include:

Benningfield, MD, MSc

Dr. Benningfield is a Child Psychiatrist whose primary interest lies in early intervention and prevention of mental illness including substance use disorders. 


Cascio, PhD

Dr. Cascio's research interests are in the area of autism, sensation and perception, somatosensory neuroscience, multisensory processing, fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, ERP.


Blythe Anne
Corbett, PhD

Dr. Corbett's research interests are in the area of Stress, socioemotional functioning, and biobehavioral profiles in autism. 


Heckers, MD, MSc

Dr. Heckers' research interests are in the area of Psychosis, Neuroimaging, Neuroanatomy. He studies the neural basis of psychiatric disorders and is particularly interested in the disease mechanisms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 


Newhouse, MD

Dr. Newhouse is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine and co-Director of the Clinical Core for the Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  His research has focused on central nicotinic mechanisms in degenerative brain disorders and the role of nicotinic receptor systems in normal and disordered cognitive functioning in humans. He has also focused attention on the development of novel nicotinic agents for clinical use.  Another major focus includes studying the interaction of estrogen and central cholinergic, catecholaminergic, and serotonergic systems in relation to cognitive and emotional aging in the elderly and novel pharmacologic-imaging methodologies. Other interests include treatment of depression and behavioral disturbances in the elderly, and development of effective novel agents for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders of the elderly.

Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine

Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center


Taylor, MD, MHSc

Dr. Taylor is a geriatric psychiatrist who studies the neurobiology of late-life depression, or depression in older adults.  His current work is examining neurobiological differences that influence the development, persistence, and outcomes of depression.  This includes longitudinal studies examining neurobehavioral factors contributing to depression relapse following remission, novel pharmacological interventions that engage key intrinsic brain networks, and experimental pharmacology studies probing the role of dopamine in depression characterized by cognitive or motor slowing.

Lab website: Laboratory of Affective and Cognitive Imaging


Heather Burrell
Ward, MD

Dr. Ward is a psychiatrist who uses neuromodulation (rTMS) and neuroimaging to understand and treat the brain-circuit basis of psychotic disorders. Dr. Ward is using individualized, network-targeted rTMS interventions for nicotine dependence. Dr. Ward is interested in developing rTMS interventions for substance use, psychomotor slowing, cognitive impairment, and clinical symptoms of psychotic disorders.


Jo Ellen
Wilson, MD, MPH

Dr. Wilson's research interests are in the area of ICU delirium and cognitive impairment.



Woodward, PhD

Dr. Woodward's research interests are in the area of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology, Neuropharmacol


















































These include (but are not limited to) research with faculty in: