Lindsey Palmer, Postdoctoral Fellow, cohort 2

The T32 postdoctoral fellowship provides a great opportunity for collaboration and growth, access to phenomenal child maltreatment scholars, and exposure to diverse methods and disciplines. The most beneficial part of this fellowship is the outstanding mentorship. Despite many of the mentors being among the top in their field, they are accessible and engaged, and truly invested in your growth and success. On top of all that there is the added bonus of learning alongside some amazing pre and postdoctoral fellows.

Claire Selin, Postdoctoral Fellow, cohort 2

The best part about the CMSN T32 for me is the transdisciplinary training environment designed to break down research silos. My research and clinical background is in speech-language pathology with relatively little formal training in the child maltreatment sciences. As a CMSN T32 postdoctoral fellow and alongside my mentorship team, I am now fully immersed and building my content/methods expertise in the developmental and biological mechanisms of child maltreatment. My training here will position me as an independent and transdisciplinary researcher bridging the gap between the child maltreatment and speech-language pathology disciplines. I encourage any applicant with a strong interest in child maltreatment to apply to the T32 regardless of your formal training background!

Toria Herd, Postdoctoral Fellow, cohort 2

I appreciate that the program bridges multiple interdisciplinary perspectives and provides opportunities for us to engage in numerous facets of child maltreatment research. The encouragement to choose a diverse mentorship team, across training tracks, has given me a more comprehensive understanding of child maltreatment and allowed me to add more applied research experience into my program of research. 

Anneke Olson, Predoctoral Fellow, cohort 1

My time as a fellow on the T32 has exposed me to a multidisciplinary group of not only mentors but fellow trainees studying child maltreatment. These relationships have not only provided support as I navigate my graduate school career, but lay the foundation for collaborations in the future. I am extremely grateful for the strong support system that the T32 provides.

The CM T32 has truly opened my eyes to the need for an interdisciplinary approach for studying child maltreatment. As fellows, we have been exposed to coursework related to all four tracks, grant writing, received training in policy and participating in the creation of policy briefs, and worked with various mentors who all provide unique but equally important perspectives on studying child maltreatment and communicating research into policy and practice.

Kayla Brown, Predoctoral Fellow, cohort 1

I’ve enjoyed the CMSN T32 fellowship’s overall interdisciplinary focus and work bringing different research perspectives together. One of the most beneficial training experiences for me, has been the hands on policy experience, which has allowed me to develop the critical skill of translating research into meaningful change.

Catherine Dierks, Predoctoral Fellow, cohort 1

The T32 has helped me thoughtfully craft my program of research. At the beginning of the school year, I received individualized feedback from five faculty members on a training plan outlining my goals for the year. Having this guide has definitely increased my productivity.  

The T32 has inspired me to think about how my research skills can be used to impact policy. We are already working on a project with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration to provide policymakers with evidence of the effectiveness of the Victims of Crime Act in supporting individuals’ wellbeing.

TheT32has allowed me to connect with likeminded students whom I probably wouldn’t have otherwise met.

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