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2022 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Fellows and Trainees Workshop: Whole Person Health Research Careers


September 15 and 16, 2022
12:30–5 p.m. ET

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Day 1: September 15

12:30–12:45 p.m. | Opening Remarks and Meeting Objectives

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. 
  • Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

12:45–1:30 p.m. | Getting To Know You! (icebreaker exercise for all)

1:30–2:30 p.m. | The Journey To Becoming an Independent Investigator 

Moderator: Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.


  • William Reed, D.C., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Lindsay Caesar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Analytical Chemistry, James Madison University
  • Diana Roopchand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University
  • Rebecca Wells, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

2:30–2:45 p.m. | BREAK

2:45–3:30 p.m. | Keynote Scientific Talk - “Whole Person Health”     

  • Helene M. Langevin, M.D.

3:30–4:15 p.m. | Overview of NCCIH Research Priorities

  • Clinical Research: Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. 
  • Basic and Mechanistic Research: Wen Chen, Ph.D.

4:15–4:45 p.m. | Overview of NCCIH Intramural Program: Research and Training Opportunities 

  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

4:45–5 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Tutorial for Online Network Platform 

  • Melissa Trevino, Ph.D.

5–6 p.m. | Informal Networking Platform for All Participants

Day 2: September 16

12:00 noon12:30 p.m. | Informal Networking Platform (NOTE: NCCIH staff NOT present)

12:301:30 p.m. | NCCIH Funding Opportunities and Peer Review Insights 

  • Successfully Navigating Peer Review: Lanay Mudd, Ph.D., Jessica McKlveen, Ph.D.

1:30–2 p.m. | Mock Study Section Reviews (self-select breakout room) 

  • F32 Mock Study Section Review: Jessica McKlveen, Ph.D., Patrick Still, Ph.D., Craig Hopp, Ph.D., Hye-Sook Kim, Ph.D., Pete Murray, Ph.D., Sekai Chideya-Chihota, M.D., Alex Tuttle, Ph.D., Sonia Nanescu, Ph.D.
  • K99/R00 Mock Study Section Review: Sushmita Purkayastha, Ph.D., Lanay Mudd, Ph.D., Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D., Beda Jean-Francois, Ph.D., Erin Quinlan, Ph.D., Inna Belfer, Ph.D., Emrin Horgusluoglu, Ph.D., Shiyong Huang, Ph.D.

2–2:05 p.m. | Description of Concurrent Sessions for Trainees/Fellows and Mentors


2:05–2:45 p.m. | NCCIH Oversight of Funded Research Breakout Rooms (self-select breakout room)

  • Clinical Research – NCCIH Oversight Process: Pete Murray, Ph.D., Christine Wishnoff, M.P.H., Sara Rue, M.P.H.
  • Basic Research – NCCIH Product Integrity Process, Rigor, and Reproducibility: Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

2:45–3:15 p.m. | Tips and Tricks for Success (rapid-fire presentations)

  • Translating Your Research for Public Consumption: Build Your Research “Story” and Leverage Communications Channels: Catherine Law, M.T.S.C., Anita McRae-Williams, M.A., Irene Liu, M.P.H.
  • Specific Aims Page Do’s and Don’ts: Erin Quinlan, Ph.D.
  • Talking With a Program Director: Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.


2:05–3:15 p.m. | Enhancing Diversity in Research Training 

Zoom site for mentors only:

  • Beda Jean-Francois, Ph.D.
  • Inna Belfer, Ph.D. 
  • Melissa Trevino, Ph.D.

3:15–3:30 p.m. | BREAK

All Participants Return to Remaining Afternoon Sessions

3:30–4:45 p.m. | Building Resilience for a Scientific Career

  • Aligning Mentorship, Goal Setting, and Personal Values for Successful Research Careers: Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
  • Self-Care in Stressful Times: Jean King, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Breakout Rooms (self-select a breakout room) 

  • Mentor Selection—Characteristics To Consider and Being a Good Mentee
    • Beda Jean-Francois, Ph.D., Patrick Still, Ph.D.
  • Individual Development Plans—Developing Allies and Sponsors
    • Alex Tuttle, Ph.D., Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.
  • Building Resilience in Your Career: Self Advocacy and Self-Care
    • Sekai Chideya-Chihota, M.D., M.P.H., Hye-Sook Kim, Ph.D.
  • Career Planning—Finding Positions, Planning Grant Submissions
    • Inna Belfer, Ph.D., Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

Report back from breakout groups – Q&A/discussion

4:45–5 p.m. | Closing Remarks 

  • Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

5–6 p.m. | Informal Networking Platform for All Participants