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JCCAP Future Directions Forum (June 28th-29th, 2019; Washington, DC)

Attend the JCCAP Future Directions Forum
(June 28th-29th, 2019; Washington, DC)


Learning how to do great science requires a toolbox of skills. Skills for effectively communicating science. To secure funding for scientific work. To identify where and when job opportunities arise. To get the offers to start your first job and build the record to keep that job. No one takes a class to acquire this toolbox, who has the time? Yet, we still need these tools, so where do we find them? We launched the Future Directions Forum to help you build your scientific toolbox. At the Forum, we dedicate a full day to offering professional development workshops, as well as small group and one-on-one expert consultations on all aspects of academic work. We webcast many of these events online so that those who cannot attend in-person can have access to this content from wherever they are.

Learning new skills only gets you so far. You need a space to showcase those skills and what you have to offer. Thus, a key element of the Forum is that it raises the public awareness of its attendees. In Washington, DC, our Forum Science Social features presentations rendered in an all-digital environment. Further, we leverage the small, intimate atmosphere of the meeting for networking opportunities between presenters and the world-class speakers we invite to the Forum. Online, we host the Forum Science Community. Here, webcast attendees have the opportunity to present their research and interact with other attendees. We leverage online platforms to enhance the visibility of all this work.

In keeping with our focus on the future of science, we dedicate a full day to learning about innovative areas of mental health research, based on featured content from a leading mental health journal, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP). At the Forum we cover research relevant to anyone allied with the diverse fields that focus on mental health, and an extended description of the Forum can be found here:

Here is what should motivate you to attend our 2019 Forum:

  • The Forum includes a full day completely dedicated to professional development training. For 2019, the current Editor-in-Chief of JCCAP (Andres De Los Reyes) will deliver a series of professional development workshops focused on publishing peer-reviewed articles: (1) Improving clarity in your writing; (2) Maneuvering your way through the peer-review process; and (3) Organizing your published work into a research program.
  • At the Forum, we know that workshops on publishing may not cater to all attendees’ interests or be of relevance to attendees regardless of their level of training. Thus, the Forum offers four additional professional development opportunities. First, we deliver Breakout Workshops that are tailor-made for attendees at advanced levels of training (e.g., post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty). These workshops cover such topics as job searching, marketing, and negotiation; grant writing; and work-life balance. Second, we offer small-group meetings called Pocket Labs where attendees receive advice on ongoing research projects. Third, attendees can reserve one-on-one Grant Consult sessions with representatives from the National Institutes of Health and Institute of Education Sciences to receive advice on a grant application. Fourth, attendees can reserve one-on-one time with current journal editors (i.e., Editor’s Corner) to receive advice on a scholarly manuscript.
  • 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 adversity (Kate McLaughlin), treatment mediation (Phil Kendall), immunology (Greg Miller), and family separation (Kate Humphreys). 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.
  • A description of the Forum can be found online (
  • You can attend the Forum live in Washington, DC (, or live via webcast (
  • 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