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Attend the JCCAP Future Directions Forum

Attend the JCCAP Future Directions Forum 

(June 15th-16th, 2018; Washington, DC)


As a leading journal in child and adolescent mental health, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) is in a unique position to build bridges among the field’s disciplines—Psychology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Education, Nursing, and Neuroscience, among others. Together, we can leverage expertise from all these disciplines to improve the mental health of children and adolescents worldwide. In fact, our Future Directions article series ( unites the field’s disciplines, in that the thought leaders we invite to write these articles come from research backgrounds as diverse as treatment, neuroscience, suicide, health disparities, sleep, and stigma. In an effort to solidify these connections, in 2017 we launched the JCCAP Future Directions Forum ( Held in Washington, DC, on the top floor of the home office of the American Psychological Association (, the Forum is an annual, gala science event specifically designed to meet the needs of the next generation of scientists in the field. The Forum showcases interdisciplinary work in child and adolescent mental health, provides professional development training to early career scientists, and raises public awareness of the “best and brightest” of these scientists-in-training.


Here is what should motivate you to attend our 2018 Forum:


  • The Forum includes a full day of professional development training designed to equip early career scientists with tools to increase their competitiveness in the highly competitive science job market. Attendees have the option of selecting from among 12 workshops devoted to such topics as academic writing, work-life balance, networking, job options in academia, grants, using Wikipedia and Wikiversity to disseminate science, starting a laboratory, job search and negotiation strategies, and the peer review process. Attendees also have the opportunity to sign up for “speed mentoring” with representatives from these federal funding agencies: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Institute of Education Sciences.


  • As part of this two-day Forum, leading figures in child and adolescent mental health will speak about their work and inspire early career scientists with innovative ideas. Our four addresses will be delivered by scholars conducting research on sleep (Lisa Meltzer), treatment (John Weisz), stigma (Mark Hatzenbuehler), and assessment (Thomas Achenbach). Following these addresses scholars with expertise in these areas lead discussions to stimulate new science. Learn more about this year’s speakers and discussion leaders:


  • The Forum will include poster presentation sessions featuring work from up-and-coming researchers in the field, using an innovative all-digital format. From among these presenters, we will announce recipients of the Future Directions Launch Award, designed to honor early career trainees poised to begin independent research careers doing work in the areas of research highlighted at this year’s Forum(i.e., assessment, sleep, stigma, and treatment).




  • Attendees will have the option of earning Continuing Education credits.


–Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.

Editor, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP)

Program Chair, JCCAP Future Directions Forum