2013 Young Investigator Colloquium at 71st APS Annual Scientific Meeting
March 12 and 13, 2013
Miami, FL

The American Psychosomatic Society is pleased to present below the inaugural, 2013 class of the APS Young Investigator Colloquium. The purpose of this annual event is to foster the development of innovative and impactful psychosomatic research by bringing together the expertise of senior APS mentors with the cutting edge research ideas of postgraduate trainees who plan to obtain faculty positions and conduct research in the field of psychosomatic medicine. The Young Investigator Colloquium consists of a keynote address followed by small group sessions in which two mentors and five young investigators in each group meet to discuss the research proposals of young investigators. The five groups are named after legendary figures in the history of psychosomatic medicine research: Walter Cannon, George Engel, Hans Selye, Helen Flanders-Dunbar, and John Mason. The first of these annual colloquia will take place on Wednesday, March 13, and the 25 awardees will be present for the remainder of the 2013 Annual Meeting.

Cannon Group

Joel Dimsdale, MD and Shari Waldstein, PhD

Anthony Austin, PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Judith Carroll, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Romano Endrighi, PhD, F. Edwards Herbert School of Medicine, Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA
Donald Lamkin, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Martin Picard, PhD, Children's Hospital for Philadelphia Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Engel Group

Gail Ironson, MD, PhD and Redford Williams, MD

Susanne de Rooij, PhD, University of Amsterdam, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bio informatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Thomas Janssens, PhD, University of Leuven Health Psychology Research Unit, Leuven, Belgium
Chioun Lee, PhD, Princeton University, Office of Population Research, Princeton, NJ, USA
Paula Ruttle, PhD, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, USA
Julie Spicer, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

Selye Group

Gaston Kapuku, MD, PhD and Roland von Känel, MD

Juliana Breines, PhD, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
Rebecca Hasson, PhD, University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Christopher Kline, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Puja Mehta, MD, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hannah Schreier, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, New York, NY, USA

Flanders-Dunbar Group

Mustafa al'Absi, PhD and Karen Weihs, MD

Christopher Celano, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, MA, USA
Christopher Fagundes, PhD, Ohio State University School of Medicine Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Columbus, OH, USA
Lisa Jaremka, PhD, Ohio State University College of Medicine Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Columbus, OH, USA
Andrea Oskis, PhD, University of West London, London, UK
Katja Weimer, PhD, Eberhard-Karls-University, University Medical School, Tuebingen, Germany

Mason Group

Oliver Cameron, MD, PhD and J. Richard Jennings, PhD

Katarina Dedovic, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jessica Eccles, MB, Bch, MRCPsych, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
Annie Ginty, PhD, University of Birmingham School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Edgbaston, West Midlands, UK
Cristina Ottaviani, PhD, Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Psychology, Rome, Italy
I-Wei Shu, MD, PhD, San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, San Diego, CA, USA

Young Investigator Colloquium Committee:
Richard Lane, MD, PhD
Scott Matthews, MD
Jos Bosch, PhD

2013 Keynote Speaker:
Margaret Chesney, PhD

Welcome from Young Investigator Colloquium 2013 Co-Chair Scott Matthews

Testimonials from the Young Investigator Colloquium Class of 2013


"I very much enjoyed the Young Investigator Colloquium. Thank you for the opportunity to participate! It was a productive experience overall, yielding constructive feedback from the instructors and fellow participants." - Julie Spicer, PhD

"I thought the group size of 5 young investigators and 2 mentors was perfect. I enjoyed the time very much and learned a great deal." - Andrea Oskis, PhD

"The Young Investigator Colloquium was a great experience - especially helpful to get critique from experienced mentors regarding study sections and grant evaluations." - Puja Mehta, MD

"This was a wonderful experience and I learned just as much from my colleagues in the Selye Group as I did from the mentors. I really appreciated having a Health Disparities expert and a Stress Physiology expert review my grant. Thank you." - Rebecca Hasson, PhD

"The Keynote [Margaret Chesney] was a great, inspirational way to start the day." - Martin Picard, PhD

"I think that it is a great idea to be able to receive feedback before running a study. This session has been more helpful than any lecture." - Cristina Ottaviani, PhD

"I really enjoyed the experience and received very useful comments on my grant proposal. The small size of the discussion groups made it all the better." - Susanne de Rooij, PhD