The 2020 Future Directions Forum will be going virtual on June 12th-13th, 2020! The Forum is a gala science event that provides professional development training to early career scientists, and showcases interdisciplinary work in mental health. A key element of the Forum is that it provides attendees with concrete tools to boost their research! We will hold the Forum online for 2020, so that people from all over the world can view the Forum from wherever they are! For 2020, we will also hold the ForumFREE OF CHARGE to all attendees! Space is limited so register soon by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/JCCAPForumRegister2020
2020 Forum Workshop Descriptions
Additional descriptions coming soon! The workshops/ addresses below are available for all attendees of the Forum. Each attendee can select one of the three sets of workshops that best fits their needs.
Friday, June 12: The Early Career Researcher's Toolbox Track I: Tools for Working with Mentors, Navigating Peer Review, and Building a Research Program Block I: 9:00am - 10:30am EST: Selecting Mentors When Applying to Doctoral Programs Applying to doctoral programs marks an important life milestone for you and other undergraduate majors and post-baccalaureate trainees. Importantly, some of the considerations for choosing where to receive undergraduate training (e.g., faculty-to-student ratio, quality of institution) take a "back seat" to the key factor in doctoral training that most impacts your career: Identifying the person who will serve as your mentor. Undergraduate programs rarely offer formal instruction in choosing doctoral mentors, and some of the factors you might consider could vary from year-to-year and by mentor. This presentation focuses on providing you with concrete strategies for selecting a doctoral mentor.
Block II: 10:45am - 12:00am EST: Responding to Peer Review Commentary Publishing articles involves submitting scholarly manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. A key component of publishing manuscripts involves receiving commentary about your work from peers in your field, and satisfactorily responding to such commentary. Yet, researchers rarely receive formal training on responding to peer review commentary. In this workshop, we describe evidence-based strategies for responding to peer review commentary, including strategies for how to compose cover letters for responding to such commentary.
Block III: 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST: Strategies for Developing a Research Program Research isn’t all elegant study designs, accurate data collection, and sophisticated equations. Researchers must also communicate their ideas and findings with scholarly audiences, and do so effectively. These audiences are no different from those found at your local theater: They understand each paper you write or talk you deliver insofar as it tells a compelling story. Yet, your storytelling doesn’t stop with a single paper or talk. Scholarly records span years and multiple pieces of work. Successful researchers learn to synthesize their records to tell a larger story: a research program. This workshop focuses on how narrative tools commonly used in film help you build a research program. Tailored to the lives of early career researchers, these tools reveal keen insights into nailing the job talk that launches your career.
Track II: Tools to Build a Lab Block I: 9:00am - 10:30am EST: Wikipedia and Open Science Wikipedia and Wikiversity offer powerful tools for disseminating knowledge to diverse audiences, including scientists and other key stakeholders (e.g., parents and policy makers). These tools greatly increase in utility if scientists receive training on how to leverage these tools for disseminating knowledge. In this workshop, Dr. Eric Youngstrom will provide attendees with the know-how for using Wikipedia and Wikiversity, with a focus on how these tools help advance the mission of the open science movement.
Block II: 10:45am - 12:00am EST: Training Undergraduate Research Assistants For many research teams, undergraduate research assistants form a core component of their personnel. A key challenge involves not only the varying motivations of these personnel and their ultimate career goals, but also their relative inexperience with research generally. Often, we found ourselves immersing these students in their first research experiences. In this workshop, we discuss concrete strategies for providing standardized research training experiences for undergraduates, with a focus on developing personnel to assist in accurate data collection and creating a hospitable work environment for students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty.
Block III: 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST: Building Research Partnerships with Schools A key component of research embedded in primary and secondary schools involves building long-term partnerships with key stakeholders in the school system. These stakeholders include administrators, teachers, classroom aids, school staff, and parents. In this workshop, we provide concrete advice on how to build lasting partnerships with school systems in an effort to conduct research with meaningful impacts on these systems.
Track III: Tools to Get a Job and Funding to Keep It Block I: 9:00am - 10:30am EST : Preparing a Grant Post-Ph.D. Submitting your first grant as a Ph.D. can appear on the surface to be a daunting task, with many expectations, requirements, and complicated forms. In this workshop, we leverage years of experience with extramural funding to explain the grant submission process, and provide attendees with concrete tools for submitting successful applications via multiple post-Ph.D. mechanisms, including project grants and K Series applications.
Block II: 10:45am - 12:00am EST: Job Interviewing The academic job interview factors prominently into faculty hiring decisions. It represents a public sample of your program of research and your style of teaching, as well as your critical thinking, responsiveness to feedback, and a whole range of non-specific variables, like your "accessibility," "collegiality," or "likeability." In this workshop, we provide a detailed overview of a winning formula for crafting an outstanding job interview experience, in an effort to minimize the anxiety and maximize the impact associated with your interview visit.
Block III: 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST: Preparing a Training Grant: Overview Submitting a training grant involves considering multiple factors that focus on not only a proposed study but also a concrete plan for developing the skills needed to execute this study. By construction, these applications carry many expectations, requirements, and complicated forms. In this workshop, we leverage our years of experience with extramural funding to clarify the process of submitting a training grant, and provide attendees with concrete tools for submitting successful training grant applications.
Saturday June 13: Showcasing JCCAP's Future Directions Content
1. Future Directions for Father Inclusion, Engagement, Retention, and Positive Outcomes in Child and Adolescent Research (10:00am-11:15pm EST) Greg Fabiano, Ph.D. (The State University of New York at Buffalo) In this address, Dr. Greg Fabiano outlines future directions in the next generation of father-focused studies in the child and adolescent psychology literature, with an emphasis on improving study of the parameters of inclusion, engagement, retention, and measurement of outcomes.
2. Future Directions for Research and Intervention with Youths in Poverty (1:00pm-2:00pm EST) Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D. (Penn State University) In this address, Dr. Martha Wadsworth integrates theory and empirical findings about understanding and fostering the process of resilience and adaptation in children and families who live in poverty.
3. Future Directions for Examination of Brain Networks in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (3:00pm-4:00pm EST) Lucina Uddin, Ph.D. (University of Miami) In this address, Dr. Lucina Uddin discusses future directions for neuroscience researchers examining brain networks in neurodevelopmental disorders, highlighting gaps in the current literature.
4. Future Directions for the Treatment of Youth Mental Health (5:00pm-6:00pm EST) Bruce Chorpita, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles) In this address, Dr. Bruce Chorpita discusses mental health care systems, and presents ideas and examples of methods that may preserve the strengths of the two major paradigms in children’s mental health, evidence-based treatments and individualized care models, but that also have the potential to extend their applicability and impact.