Training Program



"We are committed to a mentoring environment that will provide both challenge and support."

Research training is organized along a set of principles:

  1. an integrative multileveled research
  2. the development of new methods
  3. ethical conduct of science
  4. basic science that connects to translation
Within these guiding principles, specific activities are tailored to the trainee's individual needs and interests.


Courses in Support of Integrative Developmental Science

Six of these content courses are listed below:

  • Developmental Processes in Perception, Action and Cognition (K. James; 3 credit hours)
  • Brain Dynamics (Sporns; 3 credit hours)
  • Genes, Environments, and Development (D'Onofrio, 3 credit hours)
  • Methods in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (James, 3 credit hours)
  • Infancy (Jones, 3 credit hours)
  • Developmental Psychopathology (Bates, 3 credit hours)

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Connections to Translation

"At no other time has the need for a robust, bidirectional information flow between basic and translational scientists been so necessary. Advances in our understanding of biologic systems and the development of powerful new tools that can be applied at both the bench and the bedside...offer unprecedented prospects for advancing knowledge of human disorders in a translational context... there is a call for training in a wider range of skill sets that span the biomedical and behavioral sciences and make use of far more advanced and more complex resources and methods than ever before."- Elias A. Zerhouni (2005). Translational and Clinical Science-Time for a New Vision. NEJM, 353, 1621-1623.

We firmly believe that the next generation of scientific advances in developmental process will not only be in connecting different levels of analysis but also in translational research that explicitly connects basic and applied research. Accordingly, we encourage and--via speakers and collaborative programs--make opportunities available to our trainees to gain experience in research relative to translating basic science into practice.

Some opportunities for trainees:

  • Extended Colloquium Series
    Speakers are invited to visit for several days to give a colloquium, methods workshop and meet with trainees.
  • Developmental Seminar
    Meets every Friday at 1:30 during the Fall and Spring semesters.
    Click here for Fall 2012 schedule of speakers
  • Grant Writing Workshops (Smith; West)
  • End of the year Gala Research Retreat (May - specific date TBA)

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