Natalie Feldman, MD PGY-2

I studied Psychology at Harvard College, where I worked as a research assistant in Professor Schacter’s Memory Lab. As a research associate for Dr. Trisha Suppes at the VA Palo Alto Bipolar and Mood Disorder Clinic, I worked on multiple clinical trials at every stage from design and grant-writing through publication, and published a paper as first author in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. I was also involved in writing the DSM 5 entry on Depressive Disorders with Short-Duration Hypomania. In medical school, I pursued independent research which was later used in revising the GME training for internal medicine residents at the University of Chicago; I presented that research as a poster at multiple conferences. My proposal for an app for post-partum depression screening was selected as a winner by the University of Chicago App Challenge. My interests include research in women’s mental health and technology in psychiatry. 

Heather Burrell Ward, MD PGY-3

I am thrilled to be a part of the inaugural class of the Brigham & Women’s Residency Program and the Research Track. I first developed an interest in research at the Harvard/MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, where I conducted smoking cessation clinical research studies for individuals with schizophrenia. While attending Duke for medical school, I conducted research on the role of tobacco in the development of first episode psychosis. I also studied neurostimulation and nonpharmacologic interventions for pain in the emergency department. In residency, I have continued to conduct research in neurostimulation (ECT, TMS) and emergency psychiatry. In my first year of residency, I developed a protocol for the delivery of ECT in pregnancy. Since then, I have designed my own research project using TMS for opioid use disorder, which plans to begin enrollment this year. I am also using neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques to study the underlying brain circuits that are involved in nicotine dependence in psychotic disorders.

The research track has been a catalyst for my research by providing me with dedicated time and mentorship to develop an independent research project. The entire residency program has been exceptionally supportive of my research endeavors, from the program directors to my research mentors to the chair of the department!