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 one-week summer program that generally follows a student’s sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. During this week, 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 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 are then 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.  In summary, one student 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

  • Eating Disorders: Body Image
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Mindfulness: Reducing Stress and Promoting Wellness for Youth
  • Emotions and Building a Brain
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Design Thinking for Clinical Innovation
  • Why Sleep?
  • Gender Differences in the Brain
  • Sports Psychiatry
  • Stanford Laboratory for Mental Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • 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
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Genetics in Everyday Life and Mental Health
  •  Trauma, Mental Health and Human Rights

2018 Faculty and Presenters

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

Alan Louie, M.D., Co-Director

Anita Kishore, M.D.

Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D

Daryn Reicherter, M.D.

David Carreon, M.D.

Douglas Noordsy, M.D.

Helen Wilson, Ph.D.

Jacob Ballon, M.D., MPH

Jamie Zeitzer, Ph.D

Jennifer Bruno, Ph.D

John Rettger, Ph.D.

Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D

Kelli Moran-Miller, Ph.D.

Laramie Duncan, Ph.D.

Lawrence McGlynn, M.D.

Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D.

Margaret Windy McNerney, Ph.D.

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

Michael Ostacher, M.D.

Nina Vasan, M.D., MBA

Nolan Williams, M.D.

Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

Robert Koegel, Ph.D.

Rona Hu, M.D.

Ryan Matlow, Ph.D

Sergiu Pasca, M.D.

Shannon Sullivan, M.D.

Stephanie Clarke, Ph.D

Application Process

All sessions are currently full for the summer.

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.


Please contact Laura Turner-Essel at