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

What is CNI-X?

The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive summer program that generally follows a student’s sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. Students can choose from either a one-week session which provides introductory exposure to fascinating topics in psychiatry and psychology, or a more advanced two-week session to explore these concepts more deeply.

During each session, students from across California, the country, and the world are exposed to the breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Through interactive seminars with Stanford faculty and researchers, students learn about principles of neuroscience, clinical neuropsychiatry, neuroscience research, psychiatric epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and more. CNI-X also covers topics important to young people, including professional and career opportunities in medicine and science, plus self-care strategies in the transition to adulthood.

In addition to participating in interactive lectures, students in the two-week session will spend guided time working in small teams to develop innovative, novel solutions to social issues related to psychiatry, psychology, or neuroscience. These ideas and solutions will then be presented at a final capstone session in front of an audience of classmates, families, and the program’s faculty and staff.

CNI-X is a fast-paced, intense, challenging, creative, and bonding experience for students. Previous students have come from very diverse academic backgrounds, and have a wide range of career aspirations, including law, sociology, medicine, psychology, engineering, business, fine arts, and more.

"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."

CNI-X Student

Examples of past topics and activities

  • Eating Disorders: Body Image
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Mindfulness: Reducing Stress and Promoting Wellness for Youth
  • Emotions and Building a Brain
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Design Thinking for Clinical Innovation
  • Why Sleep?
  • Gender Differences in the Brain
  • Sports Psychiatry
  • Psychosocial Intervention for Early Psychosis
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Human Brain Models of Disease
  • Intolerance of Uncertainty Across OCD and Related Disorders
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Neuroimaging
  • The Mind and Diet
  • Zebra Fish Laboratory Tour
  • Addictions in our World
  • Treatment for Autism
  • Genetics in Everyday Life and Mental Health
  • Trauma, Mental Health and Human Rights

"I love the program a lot. I thought it was very informative and engaging. I learned a lot about neuroscience and the brain, and now I definitely want to pursue a career in this field.”

CNI-X Student

How do I apply?

We are excited to offer two sessions in 2020:

July 6-10, 2020
(one-week session)
Tuition: $1295

for an introductory exploration of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry topics

 

July 13-24, 2020
(two-week session)
Tuition: $2500

for a more in-depth experience of these areas plus a capstone project

Applications will open for the 2020 program in late 2019 - please check back for the application link. Admission will be offered on a rolling basis until the program fills. Financial aid is available for participants with demonstrated need.

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 capstone project helped us create an actual change in our community.”

CNI-X Student

CNI-X Leadership

Co-Director
Co-Director
Program Manager

Past Faculty and Presenters

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research Casual Non-Exempt Research Associate, Psych/Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Major Laboratories and Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator)
Clinical Research Manager, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Senior Research Scientist, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Disorder/Sleep Center)
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Lecturer, Med/SPRC - Health and Human Performance
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)