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DART Residents

Resident Research Track

As a trainee in the research track, you will benefit from receiving individually-tailored, mentored research training; assistance with designing research studies; support in submitting applications to the university’s IRB and local or national funding organizations; assistance with statistical design and analysis questions; financial support to conduct your research; financial support to attend and/or present at research conferences; assistance with preparing conference abstracts, manuscripts to be submitted for publication, and grant applications; the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of accomplished researchers from various backgrounds including psychiatry, psychology, pharmacology, nursing, and biostatistics; and work space including wired cubes at the program’s main office location in the Charleston Center.

Selected residents participate half-time, in a well-coordinated curriculum that includes intensive mentored research rotations (each resident is matched with an active researcher who will serve as the primary mentor responsible for guiding the individual's research experience in their principal area of research interest), and formal didactic training in the skills typically necessary for a successful research career.  These include, for example: methodological skills (e.g., study design, data collection, and statistical techniques); communication skills (e.g., written and oral communication, presentation skills); research ethics; and attitudinal skills (e.g., seeking and accepting advice, collaboration with colleagues).  Seminars are held each week at 9:00am on Tuesdays in the Roper Medical Office Bldg, Suite 140.  While these seminars are mandatory for trainees in the research track, they are open to residents and students outside the program and all are welcome to attend.  Contact Dr. Sudie Back at for more information or to be added to the seminar email list.

Selected residents will have an initial assessment of their current research knowledge and skills, which will guide the individualization of the curriculum.  This assessment will ensure that deficiencies in training that would serve as an impediment to a successful independent research career will be targeted in training.  For example, most residents present with inadequate skills in research methodology, experimental design, and statistics which impedes their ability to fully participate in issues of study design, study execution, and data analysis.  Thus, the program takes responsibility for ensuring that these voids are filled for each individual either through formal course work, attendance at seminars, mentoring activities, and/or exposure to relevant research experiences.

Click here for the DART Research Track Objectives and Corresponding Program Components.


Current Residents

Michael Capata, M.D. 

Third Year Resident (2018-2020)

Dr. Capata received his medical degree from the Vermont College of Medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. In between college and medical school, he spent three years doing research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Capata's clinical and research interest is in addiction psychiatry, specifically in regards to the current opioid epidemic. Dr. Karen Hartwell is his DART mentor.


Matthew Fadus, M.D. 

Third Year Resident (2018-2020)

Dr. Fadus received a degree in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. After medical school, he completed his pediatric internship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, later joining the Psychiatry Residency Program at MUSC during his second year. Dr. Fadus was awarded a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship from the American Psychiatric Association in 2018. His clinical and research interests include social media, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicidality among adolescents. His research will be centered around assessing adolescent social media use and screen time to determine associations with mood symptoms or suicidality. Dr. Lindsay Squeglia is his primary mentor.


Joshua Brown, M.D., Ph.D. 

Fifth Year Resident (2017-2020)

Dr. Brown received his BS in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2002. After changing career paths and completing post-baccalaureate premedical coursework, he earned an MD and PhD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2014. His dissertation was in the lab of Nashaat Gerges, PhD studying synaptic plasticity in vitro and its correlation with learning and memory in animal models. He joined the combined Psychiatry/Neurology residency program, at MUSC in 2014. Clinical interests include brain stimulation, consultation/liaison in psychiatry and neurology, epilepsy, and behavioral neurology/geriatric psychiatry. Research interests are centered on understanding mechanisms of TMS in the normal and depressed human brain. Dr. Mark George is his primary mentor. Drs. Leonardo Bonihla, Baron Short and Gregory Sahlem are secondary mentors.


Ebele Compean, M.D.

Fourth Year Resident (2017-2019)                      

Dr. Compean graduated with BA in Plan II Honors from University of Texas in Austin. She then graduated from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015 with her MD with Distinction in Education for her project with creating a study framework for struggling first year medical students. Her interests include PTSD, addiction, Child and Adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Compean plans to explore role of neuropeptide-Y and genetics in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder with comorbid alcohol use disorder treated with N-acetylcysteine (NAC). She is mentored by Drs. Mark Hamner and Zhewu Wang.


David Friedrich, M.D.

Fourth Year Resident (2017-2019)

Dr. Friedrich attended Cornell University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Biological Engineering. He completed his undergraduate medical education at MUSC, where he completed his MD and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He continued at MUSC for his general adult psychiatry internship and residency training. Dr. Friedrich's current clinical and research interests include working with patients suffering from treatment resistant psychiatric illness. During the DART program, he will work to further optimize the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in treating patients with treatment resistant mood disorders or addictions. Dr. Friedrich is mentored by Dr. Gregory Sahlem and Dr. Baron Short. 


Sarah Oros, M.D.

Fifth Year Resident (2017-2019)

Dr. Oros earned her BS in premedicine with a minor in psychology from the University of Dayton. She went on to graduate from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in 2014. She began a combined psychiatry- internal medicine residency at MUSC in 2014. Given her interest in combined care, Dr. Oros began thinking about topics that reached both fields. She then sought to develop a project that involved pain, addiction, and opioid use. Dr. Oros is also interested in collaborative care, outpatient medicine, women's health, and geriatrics. She is mentored by Drs. Robert Malcolm and Kelly Barth.


2018 DART Graduates


Dr. Lynneice Bowen, M.D. Fourth Year Resident (2016-2018)

Dr. Bowen graduated from Florida A&M University in 1998 with a BS in Chemistry. She taught high school science for many years before choosing to pursue a career in Medicine. She completed her undergraduate medical education at Morehouse School of Medicine before beginning her general psychiatry residency at MUSC.  Dr. Bowen is interested in women’s  mental health, social determinants of health, and studying legal climates regarding marijuana use. She is mentored by Dr. Aimee McRae-Clark. 



Dr. Joseph Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. Fourth Year Resident (2016-2018)

Dr. Cheng concurrently received an MD from the College of Medicine and his PhD from the College of Graduate Studies for dissertation research in the laboratory of James Norris, PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  Prior to medical school, he earned an AB in Chemistry and AB in Chinese Language and Literature from Dartmouth College in 2001. He joined the psychiatry residency training program in 2014 after graduating from the MUSC Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Cheng's clinical and research interests broadly include forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, trauma and psychopharmacology. Drs. Gregg Dwyer and Mark Hamner are his DART mentors.


Leah Fryml, M.D. Fourth Year Resident (2016-2018)

Dr. Fryml earned her BS in Biology from Bob Jones University in 2009 and her MD in 2014 from MUSC. She began her psychiatry residency at MUSC in 2014. Cognizant of the existing gaps in available treatments that leave many patients symptomatic and unable to lead fulfilling lives in society, she sought out the mentorship of Drs. Mark George and Baron Short and worked on several projects with the Brain Stimulation Lab research group during medical school. Dr. Fryml hopes to pursue an academic medical career with a specific interest in brain stimulation for trauma-related disorders. She will conduct her DART research proposal, which involves the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in PTSD, under the mentorship of Drs. Lisa McTeague, Mark George, and Baron Short.