November 12, 2017

How did you first get involved in the NTTR SIG?

I’ve been coming to ABCT since 2006 and that’s where I met Greg Siegle as well as other SIG member such as Thilo (Deckersbach), Jan (Mohlman), Becca (Price), and Kristen (Ellerd).  At that time, the idea that neuroscience could be important in the development of therapeutic techniques was not well understood by many people.

When I met Greg, he was already working on the idea of neurocognitive therapies and it was immediately clear that our vision was similar. I had just published an article (De Raedt, 2006), “Does neuroscience hold promise for the further development of behavior therapy?” It was not easy to publish it in a psychology or psychiatry journal, as many people see the neurobiological approach to affective disorders...

October 5, 2017

          Graduate school in clinical psychology is the ultimate test of synaptic pruning—those who successfully optimize their training experiences while weeding out unhelpful information come out as mature clinical psychologists. In my most formative professional years, I have relied on the work and opinions of my mentors and other researchers (many of them members and leaders of this SIG) to inform my research ideas. In this article—in light of the SIG’s 10th anniversary—I will share some of my personal reflections of why and how I became involved in the SIG, the top 3 most influential things I have learned from the SIG community, and some advice for graduate students who are interested in becoming more involved in neurocognitive and translational research....

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