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Trailblazing Trainee Award Program

Supplementing existing opportunities for trainees in our department to pursue their personal research, scholarly, and professional development interests while reinforcing the department’s commitment to our five missions.

2023 Trailblazing Trainee Award Program Request for Applications

Deadline: Friday 2/17 6PM

We welcome applications to our 2023 Trailblazing Trainee (TT) Award Program. This competitive award is designed to supplement existing opportunities for trainees in the Department to pursue individual research, scholarly, and professional development interests while reinforcing the Department’s commitment to our five missions.

Selected applicants will receive funding between $500 and $5,000 depending on the nature of the project. All projects should be completed within 18 months of award or prior to termination of trainee affiliation with Stanford. Payment will be made as a one-time lump sum award to the individual. 

Department trainees are eligible to apply, including psychiatric residents, fellows, postdoctoral scholars, and students in the PAU Psy.D. consortium. Awardees will be notified on or before February 27, 2023. 

Proposals will be evaluated according to the clarity and feasibility of goals, alignment with departmental mission commitments and priority areas, quality of the project proposed, and representation from different trainee areas within the Department.  For 2023 Trailblazing Trainee (TT) Award, in addition to neuroscience, clinical innovation and educational projects, special attention will be given to the following topics: 

  • Basic/translational discovery 
  • Implementation of evidence-based approaches to prevention/therapeutic intervention 
  • Novel therapeutics 
  • Creativity and excellence in education/learning 
  • Addiction in special populations 
  • Autism and Neurodiversity 
  • Novel team-based clinical care approaches 
  • Social and structural determinants of mental health and sleep health 
  • Student mental health and wellbeing 
  • Elder mental health and wellbeing 
  • Housing and food insecurity and mental health 
  • Telehealth and digital health strategies 
  • Climate change and mental health 
  • Mental health consequences of isolation and grief  
     

Requirements

Recipients should provide a brief (1 page) final report on the outcomes of their project at completion.

Application Guidelines

By 6:00PM, Friday, February 17, 2023, please submit one PDF file (File name: “LASTNAME_2023 Trainee.pdf”) containing the following in the order listed below via the online application:

All proposal applications should use at least 11-point font size, 1-inch margins, with standard word and single line spacing. Pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom right. The page header should contain the name of the applicant.

  1. Title Page (1-page limit):
    1. 2023 Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Trailblazing Trainee (TT) Award 
    2. Project title 
    3. Name, title, and email of trainee applicant 
    4. One sentence summary of the proposal 
    5. Amount of funding requested 
       
  2. Project Proposal (1-page limit):
    One page including any/all figures, excluding references. Preliminary data is not required, but may be included. No appendices are allowed. Include the following:
    1. Problem statement  
    2. Specific Aims 
    3. Project plan, including timeline 
    4. Description of potential impact, including reference to designated priority areas if applicable 
    5. Up to 5 references 
       

Proposals that do not conform to the above guidelines will be returned without review. We will be unable to provide candidates with critiques of their applications or their rankings in the review process.

Please direct all inquiries to: 

Kyle Lane-McKinley 
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
kylemck@stanford.edu | (650) 721-1883 

Funded Projects by Year

In the summer of 2020, we invited applications for the inaugural Trainee Innovator Award Program. Proposals were evaluated according to the clarity and feasibility of goals, alignment with departmental mission commitments and priority areas, quality of the project proposed, and representation from different trainee areas within the Department.

  • Janet Baek, MD (Fellow in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
    Yoga Practices for Mental Health Promotion in Community and Clinical Settings
  • Melissa Beattie, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow)
    The Importance of Systemic Formulation and Cultural Humility for Child Trainees: Developing a Family Therapy Training Institute
  • Ilang Guiroy, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow)
    Developing a Novel Digital Group Psychotherapy Intervention for Postpartum Depression to Increase Access to Care to Target Infant Mental Health Outcomes
  • Renske Lok, PhD (Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry)
    Precision mental health: investigating the role of wearable tech
  • Rebecca Nkrumah, MD (Psychiatry Resident)
    Going Back to Our Roots: A Therapy Space for Us by Us
  • Tyler Prestwood, MD, PhD (Psychiatry Resident)
    Assessing the prevalence of autoantibodies against G protein-coupled receptors in post-COVID POTS
  • Bailey Shoenberger, MS (Doctoral Candidate, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium)
    Impact of Lifetime Sexual Assault and Internalized Heterosexism on Body Image among Sexual Minority Women

For general inquiries about this program,
please contact Kyle McKinley, Program Manager, at kylemck@stanford.edu