"Training with CTN changed my life; it gave me mentors that I would never have known, and led me down a new path as a scientist. "
Cutting Edge. Supportive. Interdisciplinary.
Training is one of the biggest challenges facing the field of translational neuroscience. To be successful, students need to learn not only theory and methods from multiple fields but also to collaborate across them. Most graduate programs admit students into a single discipline and uphold barriers to acquiring expertise outside that area. Our training model provides students with the intensive training—not only in multiple specific skill sets, but also in their integration—that enables them to become complete translational scientists.
- Comfortable, collaborative, non-competitive environment
- Labs at the forefront of the open science movement
- Focused training and support for translational neuroscience research
- Strong ccollaboration with Oregon Health Sciences University
- Dedicated scientific programmer provides grad student training
- Excellent grant writing support, one-on-one and in classes
- Ample faculty research project funding
Training at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and early career faculty levels in translational neuroscience is a core goal of the CTN and a passion of its members. The faculty mentors span developmental, clinical, school, social, and counseling psychology; cognitive neuroscience; and health psychology. The group includes individuals who have spent their careers developing well-known, scalable, evidence-based interventions for child and adolescent mental health problems, and faculty who are internationally recognized as leaders in the emerging field of translational neuroscience.
Each Early Career Scientist selects two co-mentors: one with expertise in prevention/intervention science and the other with expertise in mechanistic studies of psychological or neural processes. The mentors usually have complementary, yet distinct, programs of research that bridge domains on the translational continuum. Through connections across laboratories and institutions, trainees are empowered to develop rigorous, novel studies that serve the goal of helping trainees to establish innovative, high-quality research programs that will propel them forward in their careers.
We train our students to communicate with a broad range of audiences including policymakers, journalists, and public sector and private foundation decision makers. We partner with the Center for Science Communication Research in the UO’s School of Journalism and Communication to host a workshops for Early Career Scientists and other scholars linked with the Center. This training provides ongoing, flexible development in topics such as lay communications, science writing, and social media fluency.
Our monthly “Ideas Lab” supports postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty in idea generation and proposal development. Ideas Labs enable emerging scientists to present ideas in progress and receive feedback that is broad in scope and rich in content from more than a dozen established investigators.
Senior CTN faculty also provide intensive training throughout the entire process of proposing and executing a pilot project. Early Career Scientists consult with CTN faculty on aspects of the proposal requiring their expertise, and work closely with them on day-to-day project management.
Work with transdisciplinary faculty who comprise the core leadership and mentors span developmental, clinical, school, social, and counseling psychology; cognitive neuroscience; and health psychology.