Attendance at BBIP seminars is required for all students in the training program and is restricted to students and faculty of the BBIP.  Starting in Fall 2022, seminars will be held in Spence 101. We meet at 4 pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact program director Susan Lutgendorf.

  • Welcome back break-outs

    August 25, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    The goal of this seminar is to reorient to the Fall semester through some polls about programming, break-out rooms for connecting with your cohort, and break-out rooms to develop career trajectory and professional development questions for our guests. Break-out rooms for students and faculty will give space to each to develop questions, with the goal of developing a guide for topics & questions that future guest speakers will be sent before their seminar talk.

  • BBIP seminar

    September 8, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


  • BBIP seminar

    September 22, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


  • BBIP seminar

    October 13, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


  • BBIP seminar

    October 27, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


  • BBIP seminar

    November 10, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Past Events

  • End of year check-in/resilience building activities

    April 28, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    End of year check-in and resilience-building exercises based in ACT (Acceptance and Committment Therapy) led by Dr. Emily Thomas.

  • Guest speaker Dr. Kara Whitaker

    April 14, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Dr. Kara Whitaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. Her research examines the social and behavioral determinants of physical activity, healthy eating, and obesity. She also studies the effects of physical activity and sedentary lifestyles on cardiometabolic risk factors. Overarching themes across her research are maternal-child health and health disparities, and much of her work has been with racially diverse pregnant women. Her work to date has focused on building an evidence base to inform the development of interventions that promote physical activity, healthy eating, and weight control to optimize cardiometabolic health, particularly in traditionally understudied populations. She will talk about her research and career path, with a student-led round-table to follow.

  • Guest Speaker Dr. Amanda Lyall

    March 24, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Dr. Amanda Lyall is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on leveraging advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand the structural connectivity of the human brain in healthy and clinical populations, with a particular focus on the study of psychosis. Specifically, she aims to identify and describe the underlying biological mechanisms and trajectory of events surrounding transition to psychosis in schizophrenia and other associated psychotic disorders. Her present project employs a comprehensive cross-sectional and longitudinal multi-modal imaging paradigm (simultaneous MR-PET) combined with physiological, cognitive, and clinical data collection to construct a more complete picture of potential underlying biological factors related to resiliency in early stage psychosis patients.

  • Alumni Q&A panel on career paths

    March 10, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Q&A on navigating different career decisions and paths with a panel of University of Iowa alumni from the Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences. 

    Alumni panelists:

    Dr. Molly Meth (Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University)

    Dr. Jonathan Schacherer (Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College)

    Dr. Katherine Jonas (Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University)