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Summer Interns from Yale Summer Science Institute Present Final Projects!

August 2019

Congratulations to our high school summer interns from the Yale Summer Science Institute on presenting your final projects! Thank you Lesly Mellado, Manny Candelo-Diaz, and Achintya Bairat for your work in CANDLab this summer!

Nisha Sridhar presents at the CSC summer poster session!

August 2019

Congrats to Nisha Sridhar, CANDLab summer intern, who delivered a stellar presentation at the Yale Child Study Center summer poster session! Nisha's summer project focused on the effects of early adversity on fear learning.

Jasmyne Pierre awarded undergraduate research grant!

June 2019

CANDLab undergraduate Jasmyne Pierre was recently awarded the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Undergraduate Research Grant from Psi Chi! This award will fund Jasmyne's senior thesis on discrimination-related stress and mental health. Congratulations to Jasmyne on this very well deserved award!

Welcome, CANDLab summer RAs!

June 2019

Welcome to our CANDLab summer research assistants! We're looking forward to a summer of exciting science together!

Congratulations, CANDLab Seniors!

May 2019

Congratulations to all of our amazing graduating research assistants! Thank you for your important contributions to our work on the developing brain. We are so lucky to have had you in lab, and you will all be so missed! We can’t wait to hear of all of your future accomplishments!

CANDLab Seniors Present Theses

May 2019

CANDLab senior undergraduate research assistants, Adrian Lin, Amy Kwarteng, Cristian Hernandez, Emma Goodman, Janeen Thomas and Rob Colgate, presented blitz talks about their theses at our last lab meeting of the semester. It was amazing getting to hear about their hard work on a wide range of important topics relating to the development of the child and adolescent brain. Congratulations on your incredible senior projects and theses!

 

Dr. Gee receives Yale research prize

March 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who was awarded the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Research! This is the highest research prize awarded to junior faculty at the university.

Dr. Gee receives Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship

February 2019

Dr. Gee was recently awarded the Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship. This unique global program supports cutting-edge research on youth development. The three-year grant will support exciting new work in the lab on the role of caregivers and early experiences in shaping emotional learning and regulation during childhood and adolescence! You can read more about the program and Dr. Gee's work here.

Dr. Gee awarded Yale teaching prize

December 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Gee who was awarded Yale's highest teaching prize for junior faculty! Read more about the Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation here.

Emily Cohodes named Nathan Hale Fellow

November 2018

Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes was recently named a Nathan Hale Associates fellow by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Em!

CANDLab research featured in NIMH Director's update

September 2018

The CANDLab is excited to be launching a new clinical trial of a novel treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders! We will be studying how the brain changes during treatment in ways that help to reduce children's anxiety. The study was recently featured in a newsletter from the NIMH Director, and you can read more here!

Congrats to Emily Cohodes on ISDP travel award!

September 2018

PhD student Emily Cohodes was recently awarded a travel award to attend and present her research at the 51st annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, which will take place in San Diego this fall. Congrats to Em! You can read more about the upcoming meeting here: http://isdp.org/current/

CANDLab now accepting applications for full-time research assistant!

August 2018

The Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Dylan Gee, is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in summer or fall 2018 (start date flexible) to coordinate a new NIMH-funded study of the neural mechanisms underlying a novel psychosocial treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders. The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders across childhood and adolescence and ways to optimize interventions based on the developing brain.

Primary responsibilities will include recruiting and screening participants; acquiring, managing, and analyzing data (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI); working with children, adolescents, and their parents in a research setting; performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants); and coordinating the lab’s collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center (co-PI: Dr. Eli Lebowitz).

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field; interest in clinical psychology and neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with children and adolescents and/or neuroimaging experience. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology and collaborates closely with the Yale Child Study Center, thus providing an excellent training environment at the intersection of research and clinical practice. The research assistant will participate in all aspects of the research process, have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects, and gain experience working with both typically developing and clinical populations. The ideal candidate will likely make intellectual contributions to the lab’s research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts, and will benefit from the vibrant scientific community at Yale.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

Congrats, CANDLab Seniors!

May 2018

Congratulations to CANDLab seniors Aviva Abusch, Elizabeth Kitt, Sarah McCauley, Hopewell Rogers, and Mackenzye Smith on their excellent senior projects, theses, and graduations from Yale! We are going to miss you so much!

Camila Caballero awarded Ford Fellowship!

April 2018

The CANDLab congratulates Ph.D. student Camila Caballero on her recent Ford Foundation Fellowship! Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. This national competition is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Read more here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm. Way to go, Camila! 

Congrats to Camila Caballero on Bourne Fellowship!

January 2018

We're excited to share that CANDLab Ph.D. student Camila Caballero was recently selected as a Jonathan Bourne Fellow at Yale. Congratulations, Camila!

Congrats to Emily Cohodes on APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award!

December 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes, who has received the APA's Early Graduate Student Researcher Award! This award recognizes students for conducting outstanding research early in their graduate training.

Luise Pruessner receives DAAD travel award!

November 2017

Luise Pruessner, a visiting Fulbright scholar in the CANDLab and current Ph.D. student at the University of Heidelberg, received a travel award from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to present her research on fear learning and intolerance of uncertainty at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in San Diego. Congrats to Luise!

CANDLab accepting full-time RA applications

October 2017

The CANDLab is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in early or mid 2018 (start date flexible). The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.

Primary responsibilities will include screening and recruiting participants; acquiring data (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI); managing and analyzing data; working with children, adolescents, and their parents in a research setting; assisting in experimental paradigm development; and managing the lab and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants).

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field; interest in clinical developmental neuroscience; strong statistical and technical skills (e.g., R, MATLAB, Python); and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with children and adolescents, neuroimaging experience (e.g., fMRI data analysis in FSL, AFNI, or a similar platform), and familiarity with IRB protocol submissions. A 2-year commitment is required.

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience. The research assistant will participate in all aspects of the research process, have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects, and gain experience working with both typically developing and clinical populations. The ideal candidate will likely make intellectual contributions to the lab’s research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts, and will benefit from the vibrant scientific community at Yale.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

CANDLab accepting postdoc applications

October 2017

The CANDLab is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow to begin in summer or fall 2018 (flexible start date). The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research on pediatric anxiety and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Requirements include a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong publication record, experience with human neuroimaging, strong statistical training, and technical experience with fMRI analysis (e.g., FSL, AFNI, SPM) and programming. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with developmental and/or clinical populations.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experience and interests, CV, and contact information for three references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

Emily and Paola selected to attend longitudinal imaging workshop

September 2017

Ph.D. students Emily Cohodes and Paola Odriozola have been selected to attend the "Modeling Developmental Change: Practical Integration of Advanced Neuroimaging and Statistical Methods" pre-meeting workshop at the Flux Congress in Portland, OR, and Paola received a travel award. Longitudinal MRI datasets require special consideration for processing and analysis, yet the field as a whole has not standardized best practices for these datasets, which could be one reason why it is difficult to replicate results across laboratories and research studies. This two-day workshop will teach best practices for processing, analyzing, modeling, and interpreting longitudinal neuroimaging data. This will help researchers conduct robust and reproducible research on how the brain and cognition change across development. We're excited to apply these methods to our ongoing longitudinal studies in the CANDLab! Congrats, Paola and Em!

Welcome to Camila Caballero!

August 2017

Welcome to Camila Caballero, who joins the CANDLab as a first-year graduate student in Yale's clinical psychology program!

Dr. Gee attends WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions

July 2017

Dr. Gee recently participated in the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China. She was selected as part of the Young Scientists community, which "brings together the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world. They are selected from all regions and a wide range of disciplines, and have a track record of advancing the frontiers of science, technology and environment in areas of high societal impact. In their work, they exhibit exceptional creativity, thought leadership and high growth potential. Under the age of 40, these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to public service and actively play a transformational role in integrating scientific knowledge into society for the public good." Dr. Gee discussed her research and the role of neuroscience in the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside 2,000 business leaders, policymakers, and fellow scientists. You can read more about the scientists selected for the 2017 cohort here.

 

Emily Cohodes awarded NSF GRFP!

March 2017

Congratulations to Emily Cohodes, who has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award! Read more about the GRFP here.

Luise Pruessner receives SPR travel award!

February 2017

Congrats to Luise Pruessner, who received a travel award to attend the Society for Psychotherapy Research annual meeting! The meeting will be held in Toronto in June.

Emily Cohodes selected for Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program!

February 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes, who received a travel award to attend the Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon! The symposium will take place in May, and this year's topic is "Advances in Health Neuroscience and Multimodal Neuroimaging." Learn more about the training here.

Dr. Gee selected as APS Rising Star!

February 2017

Dr. Gee has been selected as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. More information on the Rising Star award is available here.

Paola selected for SRCD Millenium Scholars Program!

February 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola, who was selected for the SRCD Millenium Scholars Program! The program will take place at the 2017 annual meeting in Austin, TX, in April. The Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program was developed as a vehicle to encourage and support scholars from under-represented ethnic/racial groups from North America in pursuing graduate work in developmental science. To that end, the program provides educational and professional development for these scholars, giving them a launching point for a career in the field of child development. Read more about the program here.

Paola Odriozola to attend UCLA Tools of the Trade Workshop

January 2017

Congratulations to Paola, who received a travel fellowship for the upcoming Tools of the Trade Workshop at UCLA! The workshop will focus on best practices in human neuroimaging methods and is funded by the NIH and Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience. Read more about the workshop here.

Dr. Gee's research featured on the NIH Director's Blog

August 2016

Dr. Gee and her research were recently profiled on the NIH Director's Blog by Dr. Francis Collins. Read more here: https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/07/21/creative-minds-helping-more-kid...

Dr. Gee featured on The Academic Minute

July 2016

Dr. Gee was recently interviewed on The Academic Minute to discuss the increased risk for anxiety in adolescence. Hear more on the research at http://academicminute.org/2016/07/dylan-gee-weill-medical-college-at-cor...

Paola Odriozola awarded NSF fellowship!

April 2016

Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congrats, Paola!

Welcome to Jason Haberman!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes Jason Haberman, our new lab manager!

Welcome to Emily Cohodes!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes incoming Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes! Emily is joining Yale's psychology program.

Welcome to Paola Odriozola!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes incoming Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola! Paola is joining Yale's neuroscience program.

Dr. Gee named one of "fifty scientists under 40" by World Economic Forum

April 2016

Dr. Gee was recently selected as one of the top "fifty scientists around the world under 40" by the World Economic Forum. The Young Scientist community will engage with business and political leaders at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions to contribute their scientific perspective and highlight the most up-to-date trends. Young Scientists are selected for their contributions to advance the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact.

PNAS paper featured on PBS News Hour

March 2016

Our new paper in PNAS on adolescent risk for anxiety, which was conducted in the labs of BJ Casey and Francis Lee and in collaboration with the PING Consortium, has been featured in news outlets including PBS News Hour (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/is-this-mutation-causing-your-teenag...) and the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/even-more-evidence-anxiety-can-be-bi...?).

Welcome to Luise Pruessner!

March 2016

Welcome to Luise Pruessner, who is a Fulbright scholar from Heidelberg University who will be visiting the CANDLab during the 2016-2017 year!

Dr. Gee attends the NIH’s High Risk High Reward symposium

December 2015

Dr. Gee recently attended the NIH’s High Risk High Reward symposium in Bethesda, MD, to present her latest research and receive the NIH Director's Early Independence Award, which will provide funding of up to $1.25M for a 5-year study of novel mechanisms of fear reduction in pediatric anxiety disorders.

Dr. Gee awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award!

September 2015

Dr. Gee has received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award! Read more here: https://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/index

Dr. Gee receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award!

August 2015

Dr. Gee has received a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant! Read more here: https://bbrfoundation.org/sites/bbrf.civicactions.net/files/file-downloa...

CANDLab accepting PhD applications

July 2015

The CANDLab is currently accepting applications for doctoral students to begin in the Fall of 2016 at Yale! Apply here: http://psychology.yale.edu/graduate/admissions/applying-admission