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

"I loved learning about all different aspects of neuroscience/physiology and hearing from all the amazing researchers and professors. I also loved getting the opportunity to work with a small group of students from around the nation and develop meaningful friendships as well as further our passion for the subject. I really liked how we were able to have fun conversations, but still be on track."

CNI-X Participant

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 attend a two-week (10-day) session which provides introductory exposure to fascinating topics in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology plus an opportunity to complete a collaborative capstone project.

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 each 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.

2024 Program Dates and Fees*

CNV-X (Virtual via Zoom) June 17 – June 28, 2024: $1,495
CNI-X Session 1 (In-person on campus) July 8 – July 19, 2024: $$2,795
CNI-X Session 2 (In-person on campus): July 22 – August 2, 2024: $2,795

*Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Please request financial assistance as directed in the application.

"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 Participant

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

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"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 Participant

How do I apply?


The application period is closed. All applicants will receive notification of their status in early April 2024.

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.

*All program activities will be conducted in English and participants should have high proficiency to fully engage in lectures and discussions.

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

CNI-X Participant

CNI-X Leadership

Laura Roberts, MD, MA
Co-Director, Chairman, Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor
Whitney Daniels, MD
Co-Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Reiko Riley
Sr. Education Program Manager

Past Faculty and Presenters

Jacob S. Ballon
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology)
Jennifer L. Bruno
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Octavio Choi, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Whitney Daniels, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Laramie Duncan
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Major Laboratories and Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator)
David Eagleman
Adjunct Professor, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
William Giardino
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)
Kate Hardy
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Odette Harris, MD, MPH
Paralyzed Veterans of America Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
Rona Hu
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Filza Hussain MD, FACLP
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Medical Psychiatry
Shashank V. Joshi, MD
Professor (Teaching) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development) and, by courtesy of Pediatrics and, of Education
Anita Kishore
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Lynn Kern Koegel
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Robert Koegel
Senior Research Scientist, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Ryan Matlow
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
LAWRENCE McGLYNN
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Medical Psychiatry
Kelli Moran-Miller, PhD
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Douglas Noordsy
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Michael Ostacher
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)
Sergiu P. Pasca
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Bonnie Uytengsu and Family Director of the Stanford Brain Organogenesis Program
Rafael Pelayo, MD
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Sleep Medicine
Kristin Raj
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Daryn Reicherter
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Carolyn Rodriguez
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)
Manish Saggar
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Interdisciplinary Brain Science Research)
Kaustubh Supekar
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Nina Vasan, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Nolan Williams
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Major Laboratories & Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator) and, by courtesy, of Radiology (Neuroimaging and Neurointervention)
Sharon E. Williams PhD
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Helen Wilson
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jamie Zeitzer
Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)