Early Career Impact Scholars Share Research Contributions on Capitol Hill

November 15, 2017

FABBS, with support from SAGE Publishing, hosted a Congressional Briefing, Research Contributions of Early Career Investigators in the Sciences of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior, on November 7th. The educational event featured five scientists who were nominated by their professional societies to receive a FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The talks were:

  • Gene-Environmental Influences on Brain and Behavior – Alexandra Burt, PhD (Michigan State University, Society for Research in Psychopathology)
  • Improving Patient Safety in Medical Settings – Ayse P. Gurses, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society)
  • Exploring Individual Differences in the Brain to Understand Anxiety and Depression – Greg Hajcak, PhD (Florida State University, Society for Psychophysiological Research)
  • Educational Technology for Teaching Reasoning and Reading Skills in Education – Panayiota Kendeou, PhD (University of Minnesota, Society for Text and Discourse)
  • Early Risk Factors in the Development of Autism and Anxiety – Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, PhD – Florida International University, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology)


Through a series of flash presentations, the scientists briefly described their federally-funded research, why it’s important, and how federal support has been instrumental in their research careers. They are supported by a cross-section of federal science agencies: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Audience members included Congressional staff, Federal agency officials, and interested individuals from professional associations and scientific societies.  The talks provided an opportunity to highlight the research of emerging scientific leaders in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

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