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 Spring 2021, seminars will be held in UCC2520D in University Capitol Centre. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact program director Susan Lutgendorf.

  • Welcome back break-outs

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

    The goal of this seminar is to reorient to the Spring semester through some polls about spring 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.

  • Graduate Research Fellowships Panel

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

    The panel will include current students and alumni who recently received NSF GRFP and NIH NRSA fellowships. The fellowship awardees will talk about their experiences in applying for the grant and answer questions from current trainees.

  • Preparing for the academic job market panel

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

    The panel will include research scientists and faculty members who are currently or were recently on the job market. Panel members will discuss their experiences and answer questions from the current trainees.

  • 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)


  • 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.

  • 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.

Past Events

  • BBIP round-table on resilience

    November 30, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Informal round-table with a discussion to revisit topics introduced at the Fall retreat on developing resilience in graduate school.

  • Guest speaker Dr. Andreana Haley

    November 9, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Dr. Andreana Haley directs the Clinical Neuroscience Lab at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on identifying risk factors and mechanisms associated with cognitive and brain aging, and developing interventions to prevent or reverse their course. She will speak via zoom.

  • BBIP external advisory board meeting

    November 2, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Discussion with external advisory board members

  • Dr. Amanda Thein

    October 26, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Round table with Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Amanda Thein.