The Training Program in Emotion Research is directed by Richard J. Davidson and funded by an NIMH Institutional National Research Service Award training grant. The program provides specialized, non-degree training for students at both the pre- and post-doctoral levels. A total of five (5) University of Wisconsin pre-doctoral students are supported by the grant in any given year. In addition, three (3) post-doctoral trainees are supported each year.
The major activities of the training program include a year-long seminar on emotion theory and research that is co-taught by the training program faculty, participation in the annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion, attendance at monthly meetings of faculty and students on topics in emotion research, ethics training, as well as other relevant activities on campus. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We look for diverse candidates with strong potential for future academic success, whose research interests are well aligned with those of the program and the desired faculty mentor.
Our training program is focused on four areas of current emotion research:
Trainees may work with any of the following faculty: Heather C. Abercrombie, Lyn Y. Abramson, Vaishali Bakshi, Ruth M. Benca, Christopher L. Coe, John J. Curtin, Richard J. Davidson, Marilyn Essex, Morton Ann Gernsbacher, H. Hill Goldsmith, Diane Gooding, Ryan Herringa, Ned H. Kalin, Michael Koenigs, Wen Li, Joseph P. Newman, Paula Niedenthal, Jack B. Nitschke, Seth D. Pollak, and Carol D. Ryff.
We expect to appoint five new two-year predoctoral trainees for 2014-15.
UW-Madison faculty can nominate pre-doctoral students for the program, but pre-doctoral students cannot apply directly to the program themselves.
Pre-doctoral nominees must apply to or be enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If your application is seriously considered by a program faculty member, he or she may decide to nominate you for consideration by the selection committee by contacting the Training Program in Emotion Research at 608-263-0132 or 1202 W. Johnson St, Madison, WI 53706, or email@example.com. If you are interested in participating in the program, be sure to discuss this with your prospective advisor.
According to federal funding regulations, in order to be eligible for support, all applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted permanent residents. Individuals on temporary or students visas are not eligible for financial support.
We expect to have three, 2 to 3-year post-doctoral positions available beginning in August or September 2014.
The following program faculty are interested in mentoring a post-doctoral Trainee in the next year. Post-doctoral applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the professor directly for additional information regarding his or her research.
H. Hill Goldsmith: Studies of affective development, focusing on developmental psychopathology and temperament from a family/genetics perspective.
Paula Niedenthal: Research in the Niedenthal Emotions Lab examines the processes of brain, behavior, and culture involved in the interpretation of other people's facial expressions of emotions. On-goring research focuses on the human smile and addresses questions such as, How many categories of smiles are there? How do we know which category a particular smile belongs in? Are the categories the same, and do people come to the meanings in the same way across cultures? Other predictions derived from theories of embodied emotion are also under investigation.
Seth D. Pollak: The Child Emotion Research Laboratory will consider those interested in applying previous experience with fMRI, epigenetics, EEG/ERP, cognitive methods, or endocrinology to the effects of early life stress and/or poverty on children's health, development, and well-being. Our laboratory provides a rich variety of resources, access of many at-risk populations of children, and integration of diverse methods. There are ample opportunities for post-docs to initiate independent lines of research. Please contact Dr. Pollak directly prior to submitting an application.
Carol D. Ryff: Our research addresses aging as a multidisciplinary challenge that requires integration of many levels of analysis: sociodemographic characteristics, psychosocial resources, life stresses, health behaviors and practices, neurobiological risk and protective factors, and health outcomes (mental and physical).
The following faculty desire candidates with expertise in structural and/or functional neuroimaging and an interest in affective neuroscience utilizing human and/or nonhuman primate data.
Heather C. Abercrombie: Our research addresses neural signaling of cortisol in depression. We are using fMRI and molecular genetic methods to investigate how early life adversity and other factors moderate cortisol's effects on neural activity and emotional learning. This research is led by Heather Abercrombie and co-investigators Rasmus Birn & Reid Alisch.
Richard J. Davidson: Dr. Richard J. Davidson's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center is recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow with functional and /or structural neuroimaging experience and expertise in affective or contemplative neuroscience to study the effects of meditation on the neural substrates of emotion and emotion regulation.
Ryan Herringa: A postdoctoral fellow position studying the neurobiology of pediatric post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is available in the Herringa Lab. We are conducting neuroimaging studies of pediatric PTSD to identify alterations in prefrontal-subcortical connectivity, and how successful treatments may restore resiliency in this circuitry. Candidates must have prior experience in psychology or neuroscience, and functional imaging data acquisition and analysis.
Please send the following items by 1/6/2014 to Training Program in Emotion Research at firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred) or 1202 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53706. Cover letters, CVs, and research statements must be received by 1/6/2014 for an application to be considered. Letters of reference must be received by 1/31/2014.
"According to federal funding regulations, in order to be eligible for support, all applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted permanent residents. Individuals on temporary or students visas are not eligible for financial support."
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