Psychiatry Residency



UMKC Psychiatry Resident Research

The UMKC Psychiatry Residency program is committed to furthering the science and practice of psychiatry. UMKC psychiatry has access to unique resources that facilitate research while recognizing the clinical time demands placed on residents. The UMKC Center for Health Insights provides resources that enable residents to access big data and answer meaningful clinical questions. Residents are also encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical program evaluation and quality improvement projects using REDCap – a survey and data management platform that simplifies survey research. Residents have dedicated didactics designed to help them complete a case study, big data, or quality improvement project during their first three years of residency. Additional faculty research interests include neuropsychology, depression, traumatic stress, addictions, and self-care.

UMKC Psychiatry Resident Clinical Scientist Track

Residents who would like a more in-depth research experience may apply for the Clinical Scientist Track in their third year. This track provides residents an opportunity to create an individually tailored research plan. The Clinical Scientist Track also provides up to 1 day weekly of dedicated time to work on research-related endeavors. Residents receive ongoing mentorship from dedicated faculty as well as ongoing methodological and statistical support from the Center for Health Insights. Residents on the research track have increased flexibility to conduct a more time-intensive study, develop an additional research poster, write a manuscript, or develop a grant proposal. They also have access to didactic resources available through the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics.


The Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the Health Sciences Library at the School of Medicine to ensure universal access by faculty members and residents to a wide collection of journals and texts on-line.
The residency program aims to support its residents in not only conducting research but also presenting their work at local, regional, and national meetings. Financial support is typically available for residents who present at conferences. Time away for presenting one’s own research at conferences is considered educational leave and does not count as vacation or sick leave.

Meet the Research Director

Dr. Jared Bruce received his PhD in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Brown Medical School. He is a Full Professor in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Bruce’s research examines the cognitive and emotional aspects of treatment adherence, health behaviors, and treatment decision-making. He has particular interests in sports concussion, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers examining these and other topics. He is the recipient of the 2014 American Psychological Association Early Career Award in Neuropsychology. He is a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hall of Fame. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Sports Neuropsychology Society. Among others, his work is supported by the National Hockey League and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Members of our Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory have interests that pertain to health neuropsychology. Currently, we have active research programs in: multiple sclerosis, concussion, adherence, obesity, exercise, and health decision making. More information can be found on our website.

Faculty Research Mentors 

Jared Bruce, PhD – interests areas include health neuropsychology. Dr. Bruce has active research programs in multiple sclerosis, concussion, adherence, obesity, exercise, diabetes, and health decision making. More information:

Bini Moorthy, MD – interest areas include treatment resistant depression and modalities of treatment such as using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine in addition to other medications and psychotherapy.

Douglas Burgess, MD – interest areas focused on addiction psychiatry with specific focus and projects on treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) and treatment with buprenorphine (Suboxone).  Dr. Burgess is certified in Addiction Psychiatry with multiple active projects.

Stephen Jarvis, MD – interest areas include early episode psychosis, schizophrenia, and psychiatric education. Dr. Jarvis has active research programs examining the use of Balint groups for behavioral health providers as well as several other studies.

Seungsuk Kang, PhD – interest areas include using high-density EEG recordings, multimodal neuroimaging (structural, diffusion, and functional MRIs), and experimental cognitive task paradigms to study psychotic disorders and affective mental disorders (PTSD, social anxiety disorder, depression, etc). More information:

Jianwei Jiao, MD, PhD – interest areas include the intersection of psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience with a focus on the underlying genetic markers and molecular mechanisms associated with treatment refractory schizophrenia.