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CDRO Mission & History


The mission of the Psychiatry Career Development and Research Office (CDRO) is to engage all faculty and staff in achieving excellence in their careers through professional development, coaching, and mentoring.

The Career Development and Research Office (CDRO) works with leadership, faculty, staff, and other administrators to support the overall mission of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School's Department of Psychiatry.


In 2007 Drs. Douglas Ziedonis and Jean King established the CDRO and began to implement their vision to grow the departmental research portfolio. Over the next five years, the CDRO modified their supports to complement the newly established UMASS Chan Medical School Office of Faculty Affairs.  In 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Mary Ahn, the CDRO has added the additional resources of Career and Leadership Coaching.