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Office of Fellowship Training (OFT)

OFT Mission

The mission of the Office of Fellowship Training is:

  • To support and promote a productive and fulfilling research training experience in the NIMH Intramural Research Program
  • To encourage career planning and guide career management through trainee use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • To provide programs and services to assist trainees in discovering and clarifying career choices
  • To provide opportunities and to encourage trainees to build a professional skill set which enables them to become world leaders in academic and non-academic careers

Trainee Successes: Past & Present

Gioia M. Guerrieri, DO, FAPA

Gioia M. Guerrieri, DO, FAPA

Gioia M. Guerrieri, DO, FAPA, joined the Behavioral Endocrinology Branch of the NIMH in September, 2011, under the supervision of Peter J. Schmidt, MD. She transferred from the Mayo Clinic to the NIMH as an intramural Clinical Research Fellow combined with an ACGME accredited 4th year residency (one of two residents selected for graduating class). She then stayed on to complete her research fellowship. From 2011-2015, Gioia served as an associate investigator on clinical trials in Reproductive Endocrine-Related Mood Disorders (postpartum depression, perimenopause-onset depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Her research was focused on 1) mood events surrounding the menopause (normally timed and premature menopause), 2) hormone triggers that elicit stress responsivity in some women and not others, and 3) characteristics of the endocrine trigger in postpartum depression. Gioia gained tremendous skills and expertise at NIMH that serve her well at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and with her private practice. In September, 2015, Gioia joined the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of New Drugs, FDA. She provides regulatory medicine expertise as a medical officer and clinical reviewer with the Division of Psychiatry Products. As part of her professional development program, she continues to work with Peter Schmidt in the Behavioral Endocrinology Branch of the NIMH.


Fellowship – Behavioral Endocrinology, NIMH, Bethesda, MD
Residency – Mayo Clinic, School of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Rochester, MN;
Residency - Behavioral Endocrinology, NIMH, Bethesda, MD
Internship – Mayo Clinic, School of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Rochester, MN
Medical School – University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME

NIMH patient education on postpartum depression: 

NIMH publications:

  1. Guerrieri GM, Wakim PG, Keenan PA, Schenkel LA, Berlin K, Gibson CJ, Rubinow DR, Schmidt PJ. Sex differences in visuospatial abilities persist during induced hypogonadism. Neuropsychologia. 81 (2016) 219-229 
  2. Schmidt PJ, Ben Dor R, Martinez PE, Guerrieri GM, Harsh VL, Thompson K, Koziol DE, Nieman LK, Rubinow DR. Effects of Estradiol Withdrawal on Mood in Women with Past Perimenopausal Depression. JAMA Psychiatry. June, 2015 
  3. Guerrieri GM, Martinez PE, Klug SP, Haq NA, Vanderhoof VH, Koziol K, Popat V, Rubinow DR, Schmidt PJ, Nelson LM. Effects of Physiologic Testosterone Replacement on Quality of Life, Mood, and Self-Esteem in Women with Spontaneous 46, XX Primary Ovarian Insufficiency.  Menopause. Vol 21.9 September, 2014