Research Proposal Panel - Call For Abstracts


The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Neurocognitive Therapies and Translational Research (NTTR) Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for early-stage investigators to receive individually-tailored training on maximizing the clinical impact of their research. 


Rationale: There is a notorious gap between research and its use in actual clinics. This gap is particularly salient for projects done by trainees, whose work gets overlooked by the clinical community. This workshop is geared towards improving the likelihood that the work of trainees immersed in neurocognitive research actually penetrates clinical audiences by incorporating translational, implementation, and dissemination-ready thinking into their work from the outset. To learn more about the mission of the NTTR SIG, which is committed to building core competencies of tomorrow’s translational clinical neuroscientists in order to enhance the impact of basic science findings in real-world clinics, please visit:


Opportunity: Trainees immersed in neuroscience, medicine, bioengineering, and psychology training programs (doctoral students, postdocs, residents, or junior faculty) will be invited to attend a 3-hour conference session at the ABCT 2020 convention (November 19-22) in Philadelphia (either virtually or in-person, date/time TBD in July). Following a 5-minute “shark tank style” presentation of their proposal to an expert panel of facilitators from clinical psychological science, neuroscience, industry, dissemination, and implementation knowledge areas, expert panelists will address implementation challenges likely to arise from this work before it begins in earnest and will provide advice on how to address these challenges. Experts will work with trainees to increase its likely impact and clinical penetration while retaining the primary goals of this work.



Submit the following information in a combined PDF to

  1. Proposal title, your name, affiliation, stage of career, ABCT membership status (member or non-member), and co-author names

  2. Copy of CV

  3. Structured abstract of no more than 500 words describing a research study proposal that focuses on advancing neuroscience-informed clinical practice (e.g., including, but not limited to, use of biomarkers, using neuroscience to personalize treatment for psychological disorders, neuroscience-informed prevention, cognitive bias modification, pharmacologic modulators, brain stimulation, and neurofeedback). Proposals may also focus on basic mechanistic science that has strong implications for clinical assessment, prediction, or prevention. Abstracts should contain the following sections:

    1. Scientific question: What is the central question you seek to answer? 

    2. Method: What methods will you use to examine your scientific question?

    3. Audience: Who do you want to affect with your work?

    4. Impact: How will this work contribute to the future of clinical practice? 

    5. Training goals: What specific skills is this project tailored to help you acquire or strengthen (e.g., experimental design, EEG or fMRI data analysis, clinical trial design, grant writing, etc.)?



  1. Research in early stages of development (e.g., data collection has not yet begun)

  2. Innovative translation of basic science findings with strong potential for real-world clinical impact

  3. Rigorous design and methodology

  4. Ability to attend scheduled session at the ABCT 2020 convention (whether virtual or in-person)

  5. Candidates do not need to be members of ABCT to apply


DEADLINE: October 1, 2020


Student Poster Competition 2020 - Call for Abstracts

Deadline extended to August 17th 2020

The Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research (NTTR) SIG is pleased to announce our call for abstracts for the annual ABCT SIG student poster competition to be presented at the SIG Poster Exposition/Cocktail Reception (typically Friday 6:30 to 8:30PM during the convention). There will be cash prizes!! All students and trainees who are interested in participating should send an abstract to with a maximum of 250 words by August 17, 2020. Last year's presentations can be found here 


Submissions should include a brief summary of the research project including Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections. Poster titles and authors will be listed in the Addendum to the Convention Program that will be included in all convention registration packets. Notifications about decisions for entries to the NTTR SIG student poster competition will be emailed by August 19, 2020.


The NTTR SIG's mission is to bridge the gap between basic and applied science in understanding the nature and treatment of psychiatric disorders. We are committed to multidisciplinary research and the application of cognitive and affective neuroscience to improve the conceptualization and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. Researchers and practitioners in this SIG apply brain imaging, physiological indices of emotion, cognitive enhancement strategies, neuropsychological and cognitive training, cognitive bias modification, and related techniques as tools for increasing our understanding of clinical disorders.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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