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Career Paths

Prominent researchers talk about their own career paths.

 

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"I'll Give This a Shot"

A serendipitous job offer led Roger D. Weiss from general psychiatry to addiction research.

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"You Should Be a Psychiatrist"

A high school teammate saw the makings of a psychiatrist in an empathic, 15-year-old Gary S. Sachs.

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A Career in Crisis Intervention

Marleen Wong discusses her work in crisis intervention.

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A Career in the VA

Mark S. Bauer describes the real world patients that he works with in the VA.

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A Charmed Life

Harold Pincus describes how he became interested in mental health policy issues.

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A Coaching Relationship

Jacqueline Resnick talks about the development of an important friendship.

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A Conscious Choice

Paul A. Pilkonis explains how he chose his research focus.

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A Deep Sense of Calling

Laura Weiss Roberts describes why academics has been the perfect career for her.

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A Fascination for a Complex Syndrome

Curiosity led Roger S. McIntyre to a specialty in bipolar disorders.

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A Focus on Research Is Key

David Lewis advises early researchers to prioritize building research techniques over involvement on committees.

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A Full Career at NIH

Mary C. Blehar talks about how she became a Health Science Administrator at NIH.

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A Hard Path to Predict

Neal Ryan outlines the path he took to get where he is in his career and shares his goals for the future.

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A Natural Collaboration

Anne Germain describes her experience collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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A Non-Traditional Career Path in Implementation Science

Brian Mittman reflects on his path from working in the labor, population and demography area at RAND to his current role at the VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support.

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A Pre-Tenure Risk

Teresa D. LaFromboise went against conventional advice in deciding to follow her passion.

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A Slower Track

Mary C. Blehar talks about family responsibilities and her career trajectory.

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A Varied Career

C. Hendricks Brown talks about his unique career path.

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A Work in Progress

A career in research requires continued training and flexibility, states Margarita Alegría.

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Academia is Like a Zero-Sum Game

John B. Reid chats about the advantages of working in a non-academic setting.

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Advocating for Children

David Elkind describes how The Hurried Child led to his becoming a child advocate.

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An Academic Think Tank

Jacqueline Resnick explains why the Office of Research Development at UNC is innovative.

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An Aerial View

Working for a foundation allows for a new way of viewing research, states Vivian Tseng.

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An Intriguing Offer

Mauricio Tohen describes his career path from medical school to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Anchored in the Clinical World

Beginning his career as a clinician before pursuing research was the right path for Luis H. Zayas.

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As Long as It Was Fun

Andrew A. Nierenberg explains how participation in a clinical scholars program led to 21 years of research.

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Balance in Terms of the Arc

Laura Weiss Roberts posits that a life-work balance shifts to reflect where you are in your career and your life.

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Basic Versus Clinical Focus

Susanne Ahmari describes how she combined her love of basic neuroscience with patient care.

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Be the First to Know

Sonia Davis explains why every day of a clinical trial is an exciting opportunity for a statistician.

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Becoming Involved

Patricia E. Molina recounts her journey to becoming a researcher.

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Benefits of Teaching

Teaching provides Eric A. Youngstrom with opportunities to learn, socialize and give back.

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Best Job I Ever Had

An early experience with a preschool project influenced her decision to seek a research career, explains Hortensia Amaro.

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Better Therapeutics Through Translational Research

David Lewis promotes understanding the disease process as the key element in using translational research to develop better therapeutics.

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Beware of Anti-Mentors

When Gary S. Sachs decided to take time off for child-rearing, he was told, "You'll never work in this town again."

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Blending Sociology and Epidemiology

Bruce G. Link drew on the strengths of two disciplines in forging his own career.

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Career Path

Jane N. Kogan discusses how her non-linear career path has provided a variety of opportunities in the research field.

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Career Turns

José Szapocznik recounts how he moved from mathematics to research.

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Changing Course

Vishwajit Nimgaonkar describes why he decided to train in genetics.

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Changing Institutions

Joachim F. Hallmayer talks about his career path.

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Changing Paths

It is possible to change your research area, believes Joachim F. Hallmayer.

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Choosing Epidemiology

Guillermo J. Prado explains how his plans to major in psychology changed.

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Choosing an Area of Interest

Choose your research topics thoughtfully, advises Joachim F. Hallmayer.

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Coincidental Intersections

William A. Vega describes his journey from factory worker to researcher.

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Combining Research and Clinical Careers

Pursuing synergistic research and clinical work took time, recalls David A. Axelson.

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Community Psychology in the '60s

Edward Seidman talks about his work in the early days of community psychology.

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Controversial Research

David A. Axelson sees research as the road to mutual understanding in controversial fields.

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Different Pay, Different Roles

Joachim F. Hallmayer talks about the disparity in salary between MDs and PhDs.

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Difficult Choices

Ruth M. O'Hara talks about personal circumstances that influenced her career trajectory.

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Discovering Where and How to Help Children

James P. Comer remembers how the search for a strategic developmental pathway led him to study psychiatry.

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Early Days of Cognitive Therapy

Noreen Reilly-Harrington participated in Aaron Beck's initial use of cognitive therapy in bipolar disorder.

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Emotional Intelligence

Peter Salovey explains how the publication of Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence caused a shift in his own career.

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Facilitate, Support, and Advocate

Jacqueline Resnick talks about the similarities between community organizing in the 1960's and developing interdisciplinary research teams today.

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Figuring Out the Puzzle

Joaquin Borrego, Jr explains how he ended up in academia.

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Find Something that Fascinates You

Wayne Drevets talks about how he chose bipolar disorder as a career.

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Find Your Place on the Ladder

William A. Vega talks about moving from place to place in his career as a research scientist.

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Finding Appropriate Partnerships

International networking helped to advance his career, states Flavio Kapczinski.

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Finding a Place to Flourish

Jeannette South-Paul describes her career path from Army officer to Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Form Interdisciplinary Bridges

Samantha Meltzer-Brody shares how win-win collaborations have enhanced her career.

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From AI to Piaget

David Klahr's career route to cognitive science started with engineering and business.

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From Big Brother to Berkeley

The career path of Stephen Hinshaw began with volunteer work in prisons and mental health agencies.

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From Button Machines to Piaget

David Elkind describes his early career path.

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From Crayfish to Bipolar Disorder

Patricia Suppes found that her career in basic science had key similarities to her later work in bipolar disorder.

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From Hurricane Hugo to Services Research

Bradley Stein talks about how he became interested in the real-world application of research.

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From Medical Sociology to NIDA

Yonette Thomas talks about her interest in social epidemiology and how it led her to NIDA.

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From Music and Math to Biostatistics

Michael Kosorok recounts his unconventional path to biostatistics.

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From Rochester to Tufts

David Elkind recounts his move from John Flavell's group to the Department of Child Development at Tufts.

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From Turtle Mountain to Clinical Research

Questions about clinical work in tribal communities led Teresa D. LaFromboise to a career in research.

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Get a Public Sector Perspective

Christina Mangurian explains how working in the public sector can serve as a reality check for researchers who are trying to improve the health of patients with severe mental illness.

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Giving Back to a Community

Joe Price describes how his research interests and connections have led his career to unexpected places.

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Going to Geneva

David Elkind remembers working with Jean Piaget.

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Grant Failure, Career Success

Laura Weiss Roberts shares the story of how a successful article propelled her career forward.

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How Do the Meds Actually Work?

His questions about a drug's effectiveness led Michael J. Ostacher to a research career.

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I Broke All the Rules

Oscar A. Barbarin shares how he has approached his career development.

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I Don't Do 'Feminist'

Reconciling feminist research methods with the rhetoric of research institutions sometimes requires reframing, suggests Barbara J. Guthrie.

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I Feel Protective of the Kids I Research

Cassandra Simmel describes why she works with children and youth in foster care.

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I Get to Do Everything I Want to Do

Robert C. Pianta describes how his job allows him to satisfy his curiosity about the world.

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I Got Very Determined

Marc Atkins talks about how he took an active part in his education.

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I Started Asking Questions

Mark A. Frye describes how his interest in research came from his desire to be an effective clinician.

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Igniting My Curiosity

Lauren B. Marangell describes the path that led her to study bipolar disorder.

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In the Trenches

Boris Birmaher believes that interactions with patients is a way to discover the best research questions.

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International Work Expands Personal Horizons

Oscar A. Barbarin explains why he does international collaborations.

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It Started By Accident

The career path of Joel W. Grube was strongly influenced by serendipity.

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It Started With Family

Marc Brackett explains how his early experiences with education led to working with Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey.

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It Started With a Review Article

Jeannette R. Ickovics explains how she found her niche as a social psychologist writing in the field of public health.

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It's Never Too Late

John Landsverk describes his convoluted path to becoming a research scientist.

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It's the Fulfillment of a Dream

Oscar A. Barbarin tells us why he got involved in doing research in South Africa

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Joys of Academia

Judy Garber talks about her childhood desire to become a psychologist, and the path that she has taken to get there.

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Juggling Multiple Roles

Peter Salovey recognizes the conflicts and synergies of pursuing research while holding an administrative position.

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Knocking on Doors

Antonio Cepeda-Benito explains how he formed working relationships with Abilio Reig Ferrer and Jaime Vila.

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Knowing More About Less

The career path of Charles L. Bowden began with the question, "What is beneath the surface?"

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Let's Collaborate

Eric A. Youngstrom recalls some influential partnerships that have shaped his career.

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Love, Sex, and Power

Hortensia Amaro explains how viewing the context of HIV infection in women led to a early publication success.

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Luck Matters

The career path of Laurence Steinberg included being in the right place at the right time.

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Making Part-Time Work

Laura Weiss Roberts explains how she made professional development a priority when working part-time.

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Mentoring Experience

Yonette Thomas describes her positive mentoring experiences and her own role as a mentor.

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Mid-Career Change

Lynda Wilson talks about how she moved from working with neonates to conducting research in Latino mental health.

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Moving Into Administration

Peter Salovey talks about his decision to become Dean of Yale College.

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Moving from Industry to Academia

Mauricio Tohen talks about how one's career changes throughout life.

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My Brand of Retirement

Helena Kraemer enjoys her pseudo-retirement.

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My Heart is in the Community

Sheryl Kataoka explains how she went from medical student to community researcher.

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My Intellectual Home

Hortensia Amaro recounts how she found her academic niche in a school of public health.

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NIH Fellowship Provides a Strong Foundation

An NIH fellowship prepared Terence A. Ketter for establishing up a clinic.

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Not Very Streamlined

F. Xavier Castellanos relates the story of his moves from medical school into research and from the NIMH to New York.

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Obstacles to Collaboration

John B. Reid talks about a university's emphasis on individual achievement.

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Out of the Nest

Megan R. Gunnar embarked on independent research when her mentor gave her the push she needed.

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Passion Makes the Difference

Passion, persistence, and mentorship are key to having a successful career, states Samantha Meltzer-Brody.

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Path to Public Policy

A desire to work in policy led Courtney Ferrell Aklin to NIH.

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Pharmacy to Psychology

Margaret Beale Spencer describes how recognizing resilience provided motivation for her journey from student to researcher.

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Pick the Tools that Can Answer the Question

Eric A. Youngstrom shares his enthusiasm for clinically-relevant measurements.

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Prioritizing Early Career Opportunities

Marschall Runge discusses making tough choices early in his career.

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Pros and Cons of the VA

Mark S. Bauer talks about conducting research in the VA setting.

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Putting Ourselves Out of Business

Kiki D. Chang explains why more researchers are needed in the bipolar disorder field.

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Research Is Not 8 to 5

Mark A. Frye enjoys the flexibility offered by a research career.

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Research in the VA

In order to do research in the VA, it's best to become part of the VA system states Robert A. Sweet.

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Responding to Changes on a K Award

Erum Nadeem discusses how her K award to study trauma in schools evolved over time and how she was able to roll with the punches.

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Retirement is Unnatural

Charles F. Reynolds III describes his passion for research and explains why he may never retire.

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Returning to Research

Michael J. Ostacher describes the career reentry award that helped him move from clinician to researcher.

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Running a Lab With Your Spouse

Sarah Clinton describes her experience working in a blended lab with her husband.

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SRCD Policy Fellowship

Valerie Maholmes talks about her experience in a policy fellowship program.

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Scientist as Gladiator

Celia B. Fisher relates her vision of the superhero scientist.

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Searching for Knowledge

In following her career path, Deborah Beidel took many detours.

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Seeing the Way to Becoming a Research Navigator

Richard Davis describes his path from ophthalmologist to research navigator.

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Selling Bipolar

David J. Kupfer describes appeals and challenges for researchers who might be interested in bipolar disorder.

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Serendipity

David J. Kupfer talks about his non-linear career path.

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Serving Industry and Academia

Sonia Davis describes what it's like to work for the pharmaceutical industry in an academic capacity.

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Social Work's Role in Health Services

Enola K. Proctor describes her career path as evolving in response to national trends.

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Somebody's Telling Me Something

An anecdote from David J. Kupfer about how he ended up in Pittsburgh.

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Staying in New Haven

Pursuing tenure at your graduate institution is unusual, admits Peter Salovey, but it worked out very well for him.

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Strange Corners and Trajectories

John Landsverk describes his convoluted path to becoming a research scientist.

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Strategic View in Career Development

Taking the long view of a research career is vital, says Aude Henin.

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Studying Binational Health Issues

Victoria D. Ojeda explains how her professional experience and research interests merged.

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Synergism

Ellen Frank talks about how her master's in English literature led to a PhD in psychology.

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Taking Care of People

A year of residency training with Carl Bell at a Chicago clinic inspired Ihsan M. Salloum to pursue his dual interest in research and patient care.

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Taking On Administrative Responsibilites

Enola K. Proctor describes how administrative responsibilities enhance her passion for scholarship and research.

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The Best Place in the World to Do Research

Husseini K. Manji talks about working at NIMH.

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The Dawn of the Psycho-pharm Era

Gary S. Sachs's career path was inspired by early exposure to the dramatic benefits of lithium.

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The Hardest Year of My Life

"Playing mommy" in the 1980's was rewarding for Gary S. Sachs.

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The Most Fascinating Medical Condition

Husseini K. Manji explains why he has focused on bipolar research.

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The Music I Want to Hear

Read about a turning point in the career of David Brent.

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The Right Field for Me

Guillermo J. Prado talks about why he chose the field of epidemiology.

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The Road Ahead

Patricia E. Molina says that mentors can offer encouragement and also an honest look at opportunity costs.

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The Road to NICHD

Valerie Maholmes talks about her circuitous career path.

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The Role of a Research Navigator

Richard Davis details the role of a research navigator at the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute.

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The Scenic Route

For Terence A. Ketter, a career in psychiatry, and even medical school, were not always a given.

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The Scientist Practitioner Model

Clinical researchers' work is part of a self-informing process, according to Deborah Beidel.

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The Sense of Discovery

Keith A. Trujillo describes how he first became interested in science.

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These Children are Suffering

David A. Axelson explains how he got interested in working with kids with bipolar disorder.

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Transition from Boss to Beginner

The path from clinician to researcher for Michael J. Ostacher meant re-assuming the role of mentee.

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Transitioning from Clinical Work to Research

Hilda M. Pantin describes how family, friends, and colleagues influenced her career trajectory.

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Transitioning from Your Home Institution

Mark A. Frye tells about an opportunity that presented itself at the right time.

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Translational Research Leads to Satisfying Results

David Lewis expresses the satisfaction of applying translational research to the questions of psychiatry.

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Trial by Fire

Margaret R. Weeks recalls her early experiences as the Director of a NIDA AIDS study.

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Two Career Diversions

Michael E. Thase reflects on turns in the road that worked out well for his career.

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Two Different Endeavors

Medical training provided few skills for a career in research, states Holly Swartz.

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Understanding the Culture of Schools

Valerie Maholmes describes how she became interested in school-based research.

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View from Industry

Jeffrey Jonas presents the advantages of a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

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What Can We Do for the Children?

James P. Comer discusses the developmental categories not yet addressed by current curriculum assessment methods.

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What Was the Difference?

James P. Comer describes the personal experiences that allowed him to recognize the significance of development in children's success.

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Where Do I Fit?

Steven R. Lopez talks about struggling with his identity as a teenager in Arizona and California.

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Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Megan R. Gunnar reveals how her assertiveness as a student yielded positive results.

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Why Go Into Bipolar Research?

Intellectual variety and the ability to make a difference are the reasons David A. Axelson studies bipolar disorder.

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Working in Industry

There are distinct advantages to working in the pharmaceutical industry, explains Mauricio Tohen.

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