January 29, 2015

CHIPS 2015 Training Institute - June 8-11 - Accepting Applications Now!

The CHIPS application deadline is March 1st, 2015!

If you are a child psychiatry residentpostdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty member with an interest in mental health research for children and adolescents, we invite you to apply to the Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) program.

Funded through a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, this dynamic, interdisciplinary training consortium will enhance your career and help you find direction and faculty mentors. By attending the program’s five-day intensive annual Summer Research Institute, you’ll refine your objectives and shape a large-scale research project.
Who Should Apply
Applicants must have either an M.D. or a Ph.D. in one of the following fields:

Psychology, Sociology, Social work, Nursing, or Public 

Our program tailors specifically to trainees who hope to apply for early career awards from the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/dsir/index.shtml .  We do not accept applicants interested in autism research (with the exception of autism services research) or drug and alcohol abuse research, as those candidates would likely apply for NIMH Division of Developmental Translational Research or NICHD, NIDA, or NIAA grants respectively.

Learn the tenets of solid research skills from some of the leading experts in your field in a fast-paced, stimulating setting. This year, theSummer Research Institute will take place June 8th – 11th  at the University of Pittsburgh.
As a CHIPS fellow, you will attend the CHIPS Summer Research Institute, and receive funding for two trips to visit your mentor and to attend one professional conference of your choosing.
By working one on one with your CHIPS mentor, you will build the survival skills you need to pursue grant funding in a highly competitive environment. The CHIPS Summer Research Institute is also a great place to meet NIMH staff who can advise you on how to maximize your chances of being funded.  During the conference, you will have the opportunity to network with other participants, some of whom could become future research collaborators.

The content of the program varies every year, but there is always a panel discussion with recent K-awardees, a lecture by NIMH staff about the different funding mechanisms available, and one-on-one meetings with expert researchers, statisticians for individualized consultations, and NIMH staff who will help you to refine and craft your research plans.  You will also be given two opportunities during the conference to present your research plan to the CHIPS faculty, fellows and NIMH staff for feedback and advice. 
CHIPS Mentors

As a CHIPS Fellow, your mentor will be one the leading researchers in the prevention, intervention and services for child and adolescent mental health. 
§  Neal Ryan, M.D., University of Pittsburgh
§  Irwin Sandler, Ph.D. Arizona State University
§  Bonnie Zima, M.D./ M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
§  Joan Luby, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis
§  Nicholas Ialongo, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
§  John Landsverk, Ph.D., Oregon Social Learning Center
§  Deborah Beidel, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
§  Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D./M.Ed., University of Virginia

How to Apply:      
Complete the online CHIPS Summer Research Institution application at: http://www.chipsfellows.com/application
If you have any questions, or would like to apply, please contact me.

Samantha Stilson

Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Loeffler Building, Rm. 317
121 Meyran Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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