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March 2022

Welcome to our Quarterly Newsletter! 


Dear members, we are excited to announce our new quarterly newsletter! This will be an opportunity to connect with you all on a regular basis and share SIG updates, plans, opportunities, and accomplishments. 


Many exciting things happened over the past year. Here is a quick recap: We launched our new mentorship program, we contributed a special issue to the tBT, we started a lab highlight series, we hosted a successful diversity panel at the ABCT Convention, and we celebrated our students via the SIG Poster Competition and the brand new Emily Holmes Award.


Check out the sections below to learn more about our 2021 accomplishments as well as our plans for 2022!


Mentorship Program 

Our mentorship program pilot was a success! It ran between May and November 2021 and 32 SIG members participated. Based on our mid-and endpoint surveys, 85% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied, and no one was dissatisfied, with their overall experience in the program (survey response rates were 72% and 41% for mid-and endpoint surveys respectively). Many thanks for your thoughtful feedback on the program!

Based on the feedback we received, the next round will be a full-year cycle that spans the typical academic year. It will run from September 2022 through August 2023 and signup will begin in the Spring. Given the interest in impromptu professional development or consultation meetings outside of the formal mentorship program, a list of mentors who made themselves available for this purpose will be posted on the NTTR website in the Spring and will be accessible in the members-only section of the website. With questions and suggestions regarding the mentorship program, email Maria Kryza-Lacombe at

Read more about the mentorship program here.


tBT Special Issue:

The October 2021 issue of the Behavior Therapist was a special issue hosted by the NTTR SIG, titled “Neurocognitive Therapies, Translational Research, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2021.” It features a special collection of articles sponsored by our SIG and the ABCT Translational Neuroscience Think Tank on neuroscience translation and diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices in conducting translational research.

We thank the Guest Editors Angela Fang and Katherine Young, and all the authors who contributed. The full issue is posted for your reading pleasure on the NTTR SIG website.


Lab Highlights:

The NTTR SIG website launched a new section highlighting labs focusing on translational research. Interested in being featured? Email

The goal of this new section is to bring attention to labs focusing on clinical translational and provide a glimpse at what a day in the life of a lab member looks like. We hope that this will be a resource for students considering a career in translational science. 

The Emotional Mental Imagery Lab (EMIL) directed by Emily Holmes was the lab featured in our first Lab Highlight column! Check out the reflection of Sara Ahmed Pihlgren, a Research Assistant in the EMIL on what it’s like to be part of the EMIL team.


ABCT 2021 Recap


A listing of SIG members’ contributions to the ABCT 2021 convention can be found here.


SIG Meeting 


Our annual SIG meeting featured a discussion with Dr. Sophia Vinogradov who led an engaging and inspiring discussion on Addressing Barriers to Real World Clinical Translation of Neuroscience. We also announced the winners of the student poster competition and the new Emily Holmes award. Greg Siegle presented a Homage to Tim Beck

Slides presented at the SIG meeting are available here.


Award Competition Winners 


All submissions were of excellent quality! Many thanks to all who participated. 

Congratulations to all!


Emily Holmes Award Winners: 

Tied for First Place:

  • Kahini Mehta, B.A. (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Jennifer Mosley, B.S. (University of Washington)

Runner Up: 

  • Rebecca Krawczak, B.S. (University of Pittsburgh)


SIG Poster Competition Winners:

  • First Place: Laura Bragdon, PhD

Resting State Functional Connectivity Across Motivation-based Subgroups in Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

  • Second Place: Clare Beatty, BA

Neurobiological Sensitivity to Unpredictable Threat and Familial Risk for the Internalizing and Externalizing Spectra in Adolescents

  • Third Place: Kerry Kinney, PhD

Neural Reactivity to Error as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Response in Major Depression and Social Anxiety



In 2020 we started a webinar series to provide continuing education credits for medicine, psychology, and nursing. Huge thanks to our collaborators for all their excellent talks! A listing of the webinar history can be found here. All webinars have been recorded and are available on the members-only portion of our website. Enjoy!

Our next webinar is coming up soon: March 15, 2022: Josh Woolley MD, PhD (UCSF): Psychedelic therapies for psychiatric disorders: An introduction and early results.

Here is a list of previous webinar speakers. 

  • Emily Holmes, PhD DClinPsych

Mental Health Science: From a Curiosity About the "Imaginary World" to Applications in the "Real World"

  • Catherine Harmer, DPhil, MA, DipLATHE - University of Oxford

“Using Cognitive Neuroscience to Improve Future Treatment of Depression and Anxiety"

  • Leanne Williams, Ph.D. - Stanford University

“Neuroscience-Informed Precision Psychiatry​"

  • Dr. Judy Illes, University of British Columbia, Canada

"Neuroethics for the Neurosciences"

  • Dr. Jennifer Kubota, University of Delaware

"The Social Neuroscience of Prejudice"

  • Dr. Wolfgang Lutz, University of Trier

"Personalization of Psychological Treatments and Data-informed Clinical Practice"


We would love to feature your work!

Do you have an article you’ve recently published or are you working on a project you're excited about? We’d love to feature your work on Twitter and future issues in this newsletter. Here is a google form to tell us about your work: [need to create]. Of course, feel free to email us instead if that’s easier for you ( Looking forward to highlighting your work!