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Emily Holmes Translational Neuroscience Training Award

Application Guidelines

The Neurocognitive Therapies and Translational Research (NTTR) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is sponsoring an award of $200 to support training in translational neuroscience for undergraduate students in honor of Dr. Emily Holmes. Emily Holmes, PhD, DClinPsych is a Professor in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden and is affiliated to the Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Clinical Neuroscience. She is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist with an innovative program of translational research that examines the role of mental imagery in psychological disorders, and the development of new psychological interventions such as computerized cognitive bias modification. More information about her exciting research, as well as links to her publications, can be found here. She is a friend and supporter of the NTTR SIG and believes strongly that the next generation of mental health researchers will benefit from integrating neuroscience and clinical perspectives to form a discipline of “mental health science.” This award is for aspiring researchers who are intent on forging a mental-health-science career.


The award will be applied to a 3-year student membership at the NTTR SIG ($15 value), with $185 remaining to be applied towards a course, conference, or workshop of the awardee’s choice to advance their professional development in translational neuroscience.


To be eligible for the award, applicants must be a current undergraduate student (in good standing) or in a transition period between undergraduate and graduate school. Applicants must be ABCT members and SIG members (or willing to join). 


All applications must include the following components (1 page total):

  1. Background and Training: Describe your past scientific history in psychology and/or neuroscience. Applicants don’t need to have had previous training in neuroscience to be competitive for this award.

  2. Career Goals and Objectives: Describe your short-term and long-term career development goals (e.g., graduate training, areas of research you want to pursue).

  3. Plan for Career Development: Describe the following:

    1. the course/training for which you plan to use the award funding

    2. the new or enhanced translational neuroscience knowledge and research skills you will acquire as a result of this training

  4. Justification of need: How is this award necessary for completing this training? In what ways will this award improve or facilitate your career development goals? 


In addition to the 1-page application, applicants must also include the following:

  • An application cover page including:

    • Your name

    • Your current or most recent institution (i.e., college/university or employment setting)

    • Do you meet the definition for an underrepresented minority (URM) in science (Yes/No; and optional description)? 

    • Are you a first-generation college or otherwise non-traditional student (Yes/No; and optional description)?

  • CV/resume


To submit an application, please e-mail, as one PDF document, the NTTR SIG at Deadline is 11:59 pm (EST) on August 27, 2021. Funding will be awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and award winners will be notified by September 10th. Applications will be evaluated based on candidate’s potential for a career in mental health science based on career objectives, match between training needs and proposed training that the award will support, and justification of need. Applications that are incomplete or do not follow the aforementioned application guidelines will not be reviewed. 


The award recipient will be announced at the NTTR SIG Meeting at the Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA which will take place from November 18-21, 2021.


Expectations of the award recipient include submitting a brief description (up to 250 words) of how this training impacted your development in translational neuroscience within 1 year of completing the training to be posted on our SIG website.

Any questions about the award or application process can be sent to


NTTR SIG Poster Award Submission Guidelines

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 on Friday, November 19 from 6:30 to 8:30PM in New Orleans. All students and trainees who are interested in participating should send an abstract to with a maximum of 250 words by August 27, 2020.


Submissions should include a brief summary of the research project including Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections. Abstracts with completed data collection and analysis will be prioritized. Poster titles and authors will be listed in the Addendum to the Convention Program that will be included in all convention registration packets. Details about poster size and format (for in-person attendees) can be found on the ABCT conference website closer to the meeting. Notifications about decisions for entries to the NTTR SIG student poster competition will be emailed by September 10, 2021.


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 clinicians 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. 


Please visit our website for more information about the NTTR SIG and our mission:


We look forward to receiving your submissions. See you (virtually or in-person) in New Orleans!


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