Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X)

Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University

The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive, week-long, summer program generally following junior year in high school.  Interns are introduced to the amazing breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Packed back-to-back are sessions and lab trips seeing how creativity is visualized with brain waves, miniature human brains are grown in dishes, apps are used to treat eating disorders, sleep is studied in a laboratory, exercise impacts well-being, and much more.

Interactive seminars with more than 25 Stanford faculty members introduce the students to the principles of neuroscience, neuropsychiatric diagnosis, neuropsychological testing, and psychiatric epidemiology.  An adaptive and agile mind is encouraged as one session plumbs the intricacies of neuroscience, while the next involves diagnosis of a neuropsychiatric syndrome, and then the following inspires one to find "flow" in one's life.  Much of the material is clearly at a collegiate or higher level.

Self-reflection and self-directed learning are emphasized with independent inquiry assignments asking for students to write about their learning objectives and career goals and to draft a curriculum vitae. Each student creates a project, often in a team, to self-express some lesson taken from the immersion that is verbally presented at a final capstone session for themselves and their families.

Students will learn and talk about a wide range of topics, some fascinating, some exciting, and some quite serious.  Applicants should be aware that sensitive topics in psychiatry may arise, including but not limited to suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders, and should not apply if this will be problematic for them.

The experience is fast paced, intense, challenging, creative, and bonding for the students.  Crucial to the immersion is the intelligence, creativity, and curiosity of the interns themselves.  They all chose this intensive experience in clinical neuroscience, but their career aspirations are diverse, including law, sociology, medicine, psychology, engineering, business, and fine arts.  In summary, one intern said, "It was so informative and educational! I was surprised at how much we had access to...and how encouraging [the professors] were. It was my privilege to meet them and they treated me with so much respect and understanding."

Examples of past topics and activities

  • The NIRS Laboratory
  • Zebra Fish Laboratory
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pursuing Psychiatry: Coming from the Bay Area
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatric Comorbidities in Medically Ill Patients
  • International Human Rights
  • Epidemiology & Science in Neuropsychiatric Conditions
  • Development and Testing of iPhone Apps
  • Aviation Lab
  • Early Detection of Mental Health
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis and the DSM-5
  • Empathic Understanding of Illness and Disability
  • Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program
  • Utilizing Virtual Reality Technology in Health Care
  • Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
  • Reflections on Flow, Joy, Purpose and Meaning
  • Social Innovation Lab
  • HIV, the Brain and Human Behavior
  • Lyme Disease Related Stigma

2017 Faculty and Presenters

Laura Roberts, M.D., M.A., Co-Director

Alan Louie, M.D., Co-Director

Steve Adelsheim, M.D.

Cara Bohon, Ph.D.

Jake Ballon, M.D., MPH

Whitney Daniels, M.D.

Alison Darcy, Ph.D.

David Eagleman, Ph.D.

Maria Filippou, M.D., M.B.S

Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D.

Shashank Joshi, M.D.

Michael Kelly, M.D.

Kristine Luce, Ph.D.

Ryan Matlow, Ph.D.

Philippe Mourrain, Ph.D.

Doug Noordsy, M.D.

Marily Oppezzo, Ph.D.

Sergiu Pasca, M.D. 

Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

John Rettger, Ph.D.

Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

Debra Safer, M.D.

Manish Saggar, Ph.D.

Nirao Shah, Ph.D.

Shannon Sullivan, M.D.

Nina Vasan, M.D.

Nolan Williams, M.D.

Application Process

Please check back for CNI-X 2018 program and application dates.

Students will learn and talk about a wide range of topics, some fascinating, some exciting, and some quite serious.  Applicants should be aware that sensitive topics in psychiatry may arise, including but not limited to suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders, and should not apply if this will be problematic for them.

NOTE: Before beginning the application, please be prepared to submit a few sentences on why you are interested in joining our program and what you hope to gain from the experience. Please limit your responses to 100 words or less.

Coordinator

Katie Ryan, M.A.
Research Professional
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
kryan2@stanford.edu

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