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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.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 26 seconds


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Dealing with Social Anxiety

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

Quick Tip - 1 minute 15 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 11 seconds


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Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

David J. Kupfer emphasizes the importance of continued development.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 13 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 54 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 42 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 58 seconds


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Move Along with the Field

David Brent advises thinking ahead when choosing research questions.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 12 seconds


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Necessity of a Post-Doc

Harold Pincus emphasizes the importance of post-doctoral fellowships.

Quick Tip - 1 minute 10 seconds


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Perseverance and Focus Are Keys to Success

Alan F. Schatzberg gives early researchers practical career advice.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 5 seconds


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Protected Time

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

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 43 seconds


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Reward Yourself

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

Quick Tip - 1 minute 35 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 33 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 27 seconds


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Stand Out From the Crowd

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

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 0 seconds


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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.

Quick Tip - 2 minutes 5 seconds


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The Value of Replication Research

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

Quick Tip - 1 minute 20 seconds


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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.

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Featured

Take Pleasure in the Process
David Lewis speaks to the perseverance required to pursue a finished product.


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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