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Encouragement

Listen to sage advice and encouraging anecdotes from some of our senior researchers.

 

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Passion

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Persistence

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A Critical Mass

Training in research methods and finding mentors in your area is important, says Andrew A. Nierenberg.

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A Sense of History

Studying the history of work in the field will make you a better mentor and colleague, says Kenneth H. Rubin.

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Advantages of a Broad Education

It takes a multi-disciplinary team to answer complex questions, asserts Stephen Hinshaw.

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Advice for Introverts

Networking can be arduous for shy people, says Mary C. Blehar.

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Broad or Narrow Focus?

Stephen Hinshaw advises early career scientists to have a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of their research area.

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Career Development Awards

F. Xavier Castellanos explains how career development awards make entry-level researchers attractive to institutions.

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Controversial Issues and the Media

Take advantage of your media relations office to deal with sticky issues, advises Ellen Frank.

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Dealing with Social Anxiety

Mary C. Blehar gives advice to those who are worried about beginning collaborations with senior researchers.

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Develop Your Niche

Jeannette R. Ickovics explains that depth and scope are vital in research, but niche-building is what secures a national and international reputation.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 17 seconds


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Don't Gauge Yourself Against the Elite

Comparisons to the top achievers in the field can be a deterrent to pursuit of a research career, warns Kenneth H. Rubin.

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Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

David J. Kupfer emphasizes the importance of continued development.

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Education Research

David Klahr talks about pursuing education research pre-tenure.

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Errors on the Way to Tenure

Kenneth Dodge suggests that developing an interest in a problem should drive a career.

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Establishing Your Area of Expertise

Megan R. Gunnar advises early career investigators to pursue extensive knowledge in a particular area.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 51 seconds


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Extending a Research Fellowship

Terence A. Ketter considers the pros and cons of prolonging one's training experience.

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Find Your Intellectual Capital

F. Xavier Castellanos asserts that self-imposed blinders are vital when beginning your research career.

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Following Opportunities

Sometimes pursuing your research interests means leaving one group for another, Terence A. Ketter notes.

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Including Industry Trials in Your Portfolio

Lauren B. Marangell talks about research funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Keys to Academic Success

Focus, be clear, and be mentorable, suggests Joseph R. Calabrese.

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Knowing How Interviewers Think

Ellen Frank learned how to talk to media by being on the other side of the camera.

Quick Tip - 3 minutes 37 seconds


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Let the Data Speak

Christopher M. Ryan suggests that close participation in the research process yields not just experience, but practical, valuable data.

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Longitudinal Career Considerations

Find a good mentor and find a good project, advises Mark S. Bauer.

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Move Along with the Field

David Brent advises thinking ahead when choosing research questions.

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Necessity of a Post-Doc

Harold Pincus emphasizes the importance of post-doctoral fellowships.

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Perseverance and Focus Are Keys to Success

Alan F. Schatzberg gives early researchers practical career advice.

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Protected Time

F. Xavier Castellanos offers advice about fulfilling career goals in a world where clinical needs are infinite.

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Reward Yourself

Remember to stop working every so often, advises Darrell P. Wheeler.

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Routines Help Productivity

Peter Salovey asserts that respecting your natural rhythms leads to your best performance.

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Salary is Secondary

F. Xavier Castellanos suggests choosing a program based on successful past performance.

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Science in Service to the People

Margaret Beale Spencer explains how involvement in theoretical and applied science allows her to perform conscience-driven work.

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Stand Out From the Crowd

Husseini K. Manji encourages early researchers to be prepared for opportunities.

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Stay Focused

Andrea Fagiolini advises becoming an expert in one area before broadening your interests.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 19 seconds


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The Heart of Research Training

The path to being a successful researcher, says F. Xavier Castellanos, involves extending your training and establishing your expertise.

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The Value of Replication Research

Replication studies provide early researchers with valuable experience, states David Elkind.

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Time Management

Look to both your short term and long term goals, stresses Charles F. Reynolds III.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 34 seconds


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Timing Community Work

Jeannette R. Ickovics advises analyzing department culture before beginning community-based research.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 8 seconds


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Training at the NIMH

F. Xavier Castellanos talks about the training atmosphere at the NIMH.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 18 seconds


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When the Mentoring Relationship Isn't Working

Finding support when you want to change mentors is important, states Elwood L. Robinson.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 51 seconds


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You Can't be the Lone Ranger Anymore

David J. Kupfer stresses the importance of collaboration in research.

Quick Tip - 3 minutes 0 seconds


Featured

Bad Reviews
In the grantwriting game, ego bruising is par for the course, notes David Klahr.


Success Doesn't Hinge on Acceptance
Hortensia Amaro offers hope for students who face setbacks.



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