The JCCAP Future Directions Forum: Providing Professional Development Training for Early Career Scientists, and Showcasing Interdisciplinary Research in Mental Health

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Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) Future Directions Forum, Washington, DC
Abstract
Learning how to do great science requires a toolbox of skills. Skills for effectively communicating science. To secure funding for scientific work. To identify where and when job opportunities arise. To get the offers to start your first job and build the record to keep that job. No one takes a class to acquire this toolbox, who has the time? Yet, we still need these tools, so where do we find them? We launched the Future Directions Forum to help you build your scientific toolbox. At the Forum, we dedicate a full day to offering professional development workshops, as well as small group and one-on-one expert consultations on all aspects of academic work. We webcast many of these events online so that those who cannot attend in-person can have access to this content from wherever they are. Learning new skills only gets you so far. You need a space to showcase those skills and what you have to offer. Thus, a key element of the Forum is that it raises the public awareness of its attendees. In Washington, DC, our Forum Science Social features presentations rendered in an all-digital environment. Further, we leverage the small, intimate atmosphere of the meeting for networking opportunities between presenters and the world-class speakers we invite to the Forum. Online, we host the Forum Science Community. Here, webcast attendees have the opportunity to present their research and interact with other attendees. We leverage widely used online platforms to enhance the visibility of all this work. In keeping with our focus on the future of science, we dedicate a full day to learning about innovative areas of mental health research, based on featured content from a leading mental health journal, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP). In particular, articles from JCCAP’s Future Directions series (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/future_directions) are written by thought leaders who come from research backgrounds as diverse as interventions, neuroscience, suicide, health disparities, sleep, and stigma. As such, at the Forum we cover research relevant to anyone allied with the diverse fields that focus on mental health, including Counseling, Education, Neuroscience, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychology, Psychiatry, Public Health and Policy, Social Work, and Sociology. An extended description of the Forum can be found here: www.jccapfuturedirectionsforum.com The Future Directions Forum achieves its goals with five kinds of programming: (1) Structured professional development workshops about all elements of academic work; (2) Personalized consultations with seasoned professionals about projects, manuscripts, and grants; (3) The Forum Science Social and Forum Science Community programs showcase research from early career scientists on a global scale, catapulting the visibility of their work; (4) The Future Directions Launch Award program raises public awareness of our most promising early career scientists; and (5) Invited addresses by authors of Future Directions articles highlight innovate research areas. Included with this description, please find a PDF with details on programming for the 2019 JCCAP Future Directions Forum (June 28-29; Washington, DC), which includes information about invited speakers, discussants, and topics to be covered in our workshop series. To learn more about the JCCAP Future Directions Forum, please visit our website: www.jccapfuturedirectionsforum.com
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP)
Future Directions Forum (June 28th-June 29th, 2019)
The Future Directions Forum:
Providing Professional Development Training for Early Career Scientists, and
Showcasing Interdisciplinary Research in Mental Health
Overview of the Forum
Learning how to do great science requires a toolbox of skills. Skills for effectively
communicating science. To secure funding for scientific work. To identify where and when job
opportunities arise. To get the offers to start your first job and build the record to keep that job. No one
takes a class to acquire this toolbox, who has the time? Yet, we still need these tools, so where do we find
them? We launched the Future Directions Forum to help you build your scientific toolbox. At the Forum,
we dedicate a full day to offering professional development workshops, as well as small group and one-
on-one expert consultations on all aspects of academic work. We webcast many of these events online so
that those who cannot attend in-person can have access to this content from wherever they are.
Learning new skills only gets you so far. You need a space to showcase those skills and what you
have to offer. Thus, a key element of the Forum is that it raises the public awareness of its attendees. In
Washington, DC, our Forum Science Social features presentations rendered in an all-digital environment.
Further, we leverage the small, intimate atmosphere of the meeting for networking opportunities between
presenters and the world-class speakers we invite to the Forum. Online, we host the Forum Science
Community. Here, webcast attendees have the opportunity to present their research and interact with other
attendees. We leverage widely used online platforms to enhance the visibility of all this work.
In keeping with our focus on the future of science, we dedicate a full day to learning about
innovative areas of mental health research, based on featured content from a leading mental health
journal, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP). In particular, articles from
JCCAP’s Future Directions series (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/future_directions) are written
by thought leaders who come from research backgrounds as diverse as interventions, neuroscience,
suicide, health disparities, sleep, and stigma. As such, at the Forum we cover research relevant to anyone
allied with the diverse fields that focus on mental health, including Counseling, Education, Neuroscience,
Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychology, Psychiatry, Public Health and Policy, Social Work, and Sociology.
An extended description of the Forum can be found here: www.jccapfuturedirectionsforum.com
The Future Directions Forum achieves its goals with five kinds of programming:
(1) Structured professional development workshops about all elements of academic work;
(2) Personalized consultations with seasoned professionals about projects, manuscripts, and grants;
(3) The Forum Science Social and Forum Science Community programs showcase research from
early career scientists on a global scale, catapulting the visibility of their work;
(4) The Future Directions Launch Award program raises public awareness of our most promising
early career scientists; and
(5) Invited addresses by authors of Future Directions articles highlight innovate research areas.
Description of 2019 Forum Activities
Professional Development Training
The Forum includes a full day completely dedicated to professional development training. For 2019,
the current Editor-in-Chief of JCCAP (Andres De Los Reyes) will deliver a series of professional development
workshops focused on publishing peer-reviewed articles: (1) Improving clarity in your writing; (2) Maneuvering
your way through the peer-review process; and (3) Organizing your published work into a research program.
At the Forum, we know that workshops on publishing may not cater to all attendees’ interests or be of
relevance to attendees regardless of their level of training. Thus, the Forum offers four additional professional
development opportunities. First, our Professional Development Team delivers Breakout Workshops that are
tailor-made for attendees at advanced levels of training (e.g., post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty).
These workshops cover such topics as job searching, marketing, and negotiation; grant writing; and work-life
balance. Second, members of the team lead small-group meetings called Pocket Labs where attendees receive
advice on ongoing research projects. Third, attendees can reserve one-on-one Grant Consult sessions with
representatives from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Institute of Education
Sciences to receive advice on a grant application. Fourth, attendees can reserve one-on-one time with the Editor-
in-Chief of JCCAP and Editors from the Professional Development Team (i.e., Editor’s Corner) to receive
advice on a scholarly manuscript. Here are the members of the Professional Development Team:
Professional Development Team
Deborah Drabick (Temple University) Joshua Langberg (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Matthew Lerner (Stony Brook University) Tara Peris (University of California at Los Angeles)
Susan White (University of Alabama) Sarah Racz (University of Maryland at College Park)
Early Career Scientists: Celebrating Promising Research in Mental Health
Forum Science Social: Before the Forum, early career scientists submit abstracts of their research, and
at the Forum, they make poster presentations of this research during a catered social event. In advance of the
Forum, we prompt presenters via email to upload a single-slide Powerpoint file of their presentation. We
integrate these files into our own digital system to have them ready to present during the Forum Science Social.
We render these poster presentations in a 100% digital environment, saving presenters both time and money.
Further, this event provides early career scientists with opportunities for “one-on-one” time with the
internationally recognized scientists who serve as invited speakers during the Forum. We included below
testimonials from poster presenters at the 2018 Forum:
Testimonials from Poster Presenters at the 2018 Forum
“Limited number of posters at a time which allowed for a more
engaged audience. Large and electronic format of the posters was
convenient and viewer-friendly.”
“[T]he electronic format was great, the large poster
presentation also seemed to foster an environment that
led to more discussion than is typical of poster
sessions at larger conferences”
“15 minute windows allowed you to actually talk to people about
your research and be able to talk with others about their own.
Nice not be stuck at a poster not talking to anyone for a while
“I liked that we were divided up by topic area per 15
minute block because it helped attendees select which
poster to go to each block”
Forum Science Community: For those who wish to benefit from the Forum’s programming but cannot
make it to Washington, DC, to attend in-person, we offer opportunities to present research to a global
community of like-minded scientists. The work presented during our Forum Science Community program will
undergo the same abstract submission and review process as the Forum Science Social program. We host this
online session on a widely used dissemination platform (https://figshare.com/), leverage a widely used social
media platform to enhance the visibility of the work (https://www.instagram.com/), and assign these online
presentations a digital object identifier (doi), much like a journal article. With this doi, we link presentations to
Altmetrics (https://www.altmetric.com/), providing presenters with an index for tracking visibility of their work!
Future Directions Launch Award: Before the Forum, a committee of internationally recognized
scientists selects early career scientists who are presenting their research at the Forum to receive the Future
Directions Launch Award. The award recognizes promising early career scientists who conduct research in the
Future Directions Address topics covered in 2019. During an award ceremony at the Forum, awardees give
TED Talk-style presentations about their work. We live webcast these presentations and link them to YouTube.
The Future Directions Launch Award serves as a capstone to the academic training of its recipients—a signal to
the field and larger public that they are ready to enter academia and begin independent research careers. To learn
more about the previous winners of the Future Directions Launch Award, please visit the Forum’s main
website: http://www.jccapfuturedirectionsforum.com. The committee to select recipients of the 2019 Future
Directions Launch Award will be:
Future Directions Launch Award Committee
Stephen Hinshaw (University of California at Berkeley) Yo Jackson (Pennsylvania State University)
Matthew Nock (Harvard University) Lauren Wakschlag (Northwestern University)
Chair: Andres De Los Reyes (University of Maryland at College Park)
Showcasing JCCAP’s Future Directions Content
Addresses: At each Forum, four leaders in the field who recently published Future Directions articles
in JCCAP give formal addresses on the “next steps” of scientific research in their area of expertise. You can find
a listing of our 2019 addresses below:
Future Directions Addresses
Philip Kendall (Temple University): Mediation
Greg Miller (Northwestern University): Immunology
Kate McLaughlin (Harvard University): Adversity
Kate Humphreys (Vanderbilt University): Parent–Child Separation
Post-Address Breakout Discussions: Following each Future Directions Address, breakout discussions
serve as “brainstorming sessions” for new science that builds on research covered in the address. Attendees
choose from one of several breakout discussions led by faculty with expertise in the Future Directions content.
In advance of the Forum, breakout discussion leaders identify publically available resources for new research
(e.g., public datasets, funding announcements). In turn, these breakout discussions yield “deliverables” in that
attendees receive guidance on developing both specific research aims, and concrete strategies for securing data
or funding to test these aims. This format sparks “omnidirectional” discussions among breakout leaders and
attendees about new science linked to the addresses. In an effort to keep the conversations going after the
Forum, we also developed Wikiversity pages for attendees to discuss ideas and resources shared during the
breakout discussions. The Forum’s pages can be found here: https://en.m.wikiversity.org/wiki/JCCAP_FDF. A
listing of our 2019 breakout discussion leaders appears below:
Post-Address Breakout Discussion Leaders
Susan White (University of Alabama) Joshua Langberg (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Katherine Ehrlich (University of Georgia) Matthew Lerner (Stony Brook University)
Dexter Voisin (University of Chicago) Tara Peris (University of California at Los Angeles)
Elizabeth Talbott (University of Illinois) Deborah Drabick (Temple University)
Attendees and Evaluations from the 2018 Forum
In 2018, over 97% of our survey respondents said “yes” to whether they would recommend to
their colleagues that they attend the Forum! Survey data appear below and testimonials appear on page 4:
Evaluative Scores from 2018 Forum Attendees
Item Mean (Standard Deviation) % “Very Good”/“Excellent”
Overall rating 4.57 (0.59) 95.2%
Venue (Spire: http://spireeventsdc.com) 4.83 (0.43) 97.6%
Note. Ratings on a 5-point scale ranging from Poor (“1”) to Excellent (“5”).
Testimonials from Attendees of the 2018 Forum
“The best psychology conference I've ever attended!
Exceeded my expectations at every level and left me
with a reignited desire for clinical psychological
science.”
“I think the idea of developing early career investigators is
very innovative for a journal and shows JCCAP's
commitment to the future of the field.”
“An essential conference for any youth mental health
researcher-in-training to attend!”
“What an excellent opportunity for trainees!”
“JCCAP Future Directions Forum helps young
psychologists to be professional!”
“Great for graduate students, postdocs, and early career
professionals to learn and network in an intimate
atmosphere!”
“In the last 3 days since the forum ended, I have
recommended this conference to at least 5 people. It
was so nice to discuss current research in child clinical
psychology with top researchers while also getting top-
notch career advice from those same people.”
“The smaller numbers along with the focus on career
development made this the all time best bang for your
buck conference I have ever been to. Seriously.”
“The JCCAP Future Directions Forum was an excellent
opportunity for students to have a more engaging
conference experience! As a second year graduate
student, I think I really benefited from the smaller scale
of the event, more individualized workshop content and
conversation available in this type of setting.”
“The JCCAP Future Directions Forum was an enriching
experience for me as a post doc. The ability to receive
mentorship from leaders in the field on topics like writing
clarity, grant preparation, and setting up a lab was
invaluable.”
“The unique aspect of this conference is the small,
intimate feel - a great way to practice networking skills
and engage deeply with the content presented with
peers involved in similar work.”
“Fantastic conference for early career professionals.
Sufficiently small for great networking opportunities.
Excellent group of talented researchers made for helpful
conversations and idea-generation. Workshops were
awesome and opportunities to speak individually with
program officers were absolutely invaluable!!”
“I feel like it's easy to get lost at bigger conferences.
This one is both small and specifically for
students/trainees/earlier career people so I always feel
like I have both a voice and right to use that voice to
engage with the discussions and make new
connections.”
“I attended the JCCAP Future Directions Forum both this
year and last year, and I highly recommend it. It is a
fantastic conference with truly excellent networking
opportunities.”
“The JCCAP Future Directions Forum provided a
wonderful opportunity for professional development,
discussing those topics that are so important to
professionals in our field but rarely covered during
academic training.”
“The JCCAP Future Directions Forum is a fantastic
professional development opportunity for undergraduates,
graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career
professionals! They focus on critical skills that you need to
learn to be successful in academia, but NEVER have a
class on or learn directly. The speakers are also incredibly
engaging, and the environment as a whole is very
welcoming and friendly. Moreover, the conference space
is GORGEOUS!”
“This was an excellent forum for early career
professionals like myself. The forum recognizes the
efforts of professionals new to the field, and ensures
opportunities for guidance to help us continue to grow
in our fields.”
“The workshops were accessible and interesting - I know I
will use the skills we discussed in my work (especially my
writing) for years to come! I also appreciated the wide
range of early career professionals, from post-bacs and
graduate students to post-docs and assistant professors.”
“Very useful for graduate students, interns, and
postdocs. Rare opportunity to receive close mentorship
and early career support.”
“I had a lot of fun during the conference. Highly
recommended!”
Location of the 2019 Forum
The next Forum will be in Washington, DC, on June 28th-29th, 2019, on the top floor of the
American Psychological Association’s home office (http://spireeventsdc.com/). We will offer
programming both in-person and via webcast. For more information please visit our website for
scheduling and registration information (www.jccapfuturedirectionsforum.com).
Further Information
Please see our online resources or contact us at jccapfdf@gmail.com with any other questions you may have:
1. Main Website: http://bit.ly/JCCAPFDFHome
2. Facebook: http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumFaceBook
3. Twitter: https://twitter.com/JCCAP_Editor
4. Wiki: https://en.m.wikiversity.org/wiki/JCCAP_FDF
5. Call for Abstracts
a. Forum Science Social (In-Person): http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAbstractCall2019Social
b. Forum Science Community (Online): http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAbstractCall2019Community
6. Abstract Submission Portals
a. Forum Science Social (In-Person): http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAbstractPortal2019Social
b. Forum Science Community (Online): http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAbstractPortal2019Community
7. Frequently Asked Questions
a. In Person: http://bit.ly/JCCAPFDFFAQSSocial
b. Online: http://bit.ly/JCCAPFDFFAQSCommunity
8. Call for Future Directions Launch Award: http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAward2019
9. How to Donate: http://bit.ly/JCCAPFORUMDONATE
10. Schedule at a Glance: http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumSchedule
11. Example of Forum Activities (2018 Program): http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumProgram2018
12. Examples of Previous Poster Presentations:
a. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464234364023272/
b. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464231207356921/
c. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464227700690605/
d. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464172404029468/
e. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464172467362795/
f. https://www.facebook.com/jccap.fdf/videos/464229754023733/
13. Past Winners of the Future Directions Launch Award:
a. http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAwardWinners2018
b. http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumAwardWinners2017
14. Registration: Under construction, for updates see http://bit.ly/JCCAPFDFHome
15. Travel and Hotel Information: http://bit.ly/JCCAPForumTravel
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