Research Career Institute in the Mental Health of Aging (CIMA)

CIMA is designed to broaden the base of geriatric psychiatry research by attracting and supporting new investigators. The program focuses on career development strategies for those committed to careers in basic and translational research, clinical and treatment research, and health services research. CIMA provides the tools necessary to begin, maintain, and succeed in a research career in the mental disorders of late life.


CIMA is designed for twenty-five participants and aimed at junior faculty members as well as post-residency (MD or DO) and post-doctoral (PhD, PsyD, PharmD) fellows (not pre-doctoral students).

CIMA Research Institute 2023

CIMA Virtual Research Institute

Virtual | October 2-4, 2023

Applications for CIMA 2023 are due September 4, 2023.


The intensive, one-week Summer Research Institute includes lectures, group seminars, workshops, and individual consultation and mentoring.


The program content focuses on the actual conditions needed to establish a research career and the strategy and tactics of research development.

Before – Each participant submits a draft grant application, prospectus, or manuscript in advance of the CIMA Research Institute.

During – At the Institute, each participant makes a presentation on their research. Faculty mentors and consultants will privately discuss presentations with participants to support the development of their research.

After – Following the CIMA Research Institute, there is continuing education between trainees and faculty, including workshops at the annual meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

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It was extremely useful to have individual time with all faculty. I’m very impressed and grateful to have this opportunity.

October 16, 2019

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It was an incredible and priceless experience unlike any I’ve had – so thankful to be part of this.

October 16, 2019

Applications for CIMA 2023 are due September 4, 2023.

Benefits to Participants

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  • 144% reported they obtained an Early Career Development
  • 223% reported they obtained an Early Stage R grant
  • 395% reported they remained in academia
  • 4 Participants reported an average of 24 peer reviewed publications since the program

The CIMA Experience!

Just some of the many experiences we’ve shared together through the CIMA program.