Postpartum Depression: How Employers Can Support Women

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Postpartum Depression: How Employers Can Support Women

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is a time each year when researchers, clinicians, and advocates help to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and give a platform to advocacy groups who are working to make a difference in the field of mental health. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we decided to raise awareness about postpartum depression, which is a mental health issue that affects about one in every five new moms worldwide. In this week’s post, we focus on highlighting what employers can do to help moms who are struggling with postpartum depression. The following post is reposted from Carole Mendoza’s original post on the Mental Health America Blog. 

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Spotlight On: Alex Lussier

Can we use DNA methylation patterns to predict risk for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders? That’s just one of the many questions our new Post Doc, Alex Lussier, is asking. Check out his Spotlight On in this Said and Dunn post to learn more about the work he will be tackling with epigenetics and big data for a project supported by One Mind.

By: Alex Lussier

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A Policy Perspective: Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention

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A Policy Perspective: Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention

Each year, April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month. However, throughout the year, thousands of researchers, social workers, policy makers, advocates, and survivors across the United States strive to help children suffering from or at risk of child abuse. When it comes to child abuse prevention, the primary goal is to create and implement effective strategies to stop child abuse from ever occurring. As a research group that studies the effects of early life adversities on later mental health risk, we wanted to dedicate this Said and Dunn post to raise awareness and encourage prevention efforts for child abuse and neglect.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Mentor

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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Mentor

Looking for a new mentor to help you achieve your professional goals? This week’s Said & Dunn guest blogger Pallavi Eswara, director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Penn State University and member of the graduate career consortium, shares tips on choosing a mentor that is right for you.

By: Pallavi Eswara 

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I'm a researcher who studies depression. Ask me anything.

I decided to get in the hot seat for our first installment of Ask Me Anything, a new feature on our Said and Dunn blog where we’ll ask scientist to share their triumphs, disasters, expertise, and advice.  With this one, you’ll hear about working in the field of mental health, get advice for early career researchers, and learn a secret about imposter syndrome.  Are you interested in being featured in our next post? Or want to recommend someone you want to hear from?  Send us a message.

By: Erin Dunn

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10 Tips for Tackling Standardized Testing

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10 Tips for Tackling Standardized Testing

Thinking of furthering your education in a graduate program? That most likely involves taking a standardized test such as the MCAT, GRE or GMAT. Prepping for standardized tests is easy. Said no one ever. Janine and Olivia, two of our research coordinators, share their top 10 tips to tackling the tests they learned during their journeys with standardized testing in this week’s Said & Dunn post.

By: Janine and Olivia

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70% Of Teens See Depression and Anxiety as Major Issues Among Peers

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70% Of Teens See Depression and Anxiety as Major Issues Among Peers

This week’s Said and Dunn post brings to light an important recent report from Pew Research Center showing that 70% of teens see depression and anxiety as major issues among their peers. What may be most surprising is that this report showed that these mental health issues were not specific to certain demographic groups, but rather most teens – regardless of their gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc – reported depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers. We are joined by Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America, who discusses the report and shares how we can better support youth.  

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How to advance your Career (and benefit those around you) With Kim Meninger

“Self-promotion is not self-serving, but instead a service to others.” This week’s Said and Dunn post features Kim Meninger, MBA, an executive and career development coach, who shares tips on how to accelerate your career and improve your visibility in the workplace by utilizing self-promotion techniques. Whether you’re ready for your next career move, you’ve reached your career plateau, or you’re just looking for general career guidance, these tips can help you build your confidence, visibility, and influence.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Spotlight On: Lynandrea Mejia

Announcing our latest lab member, Lynandrea, a new Undergraduate Research Assistant in the lab. Lynandrea shares what she’s working on in the lab, her biggest accomplishments, and even where she would travel in a time machine in her “Spotlight On” in our latest Said & Dunn post. Where would you travel in a time machine? 

By: Olivia Pickett

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Achievement: Don’t Just Work Harder, Work Better

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Jen Heemstra. Jen is a chemistry professor at Emory and PI of the Heemstra lab, which is focused on harnessing the molecular recognition and self-assembly properties of nucleic acids for applications in biosensing and bioimaging. Jen also serves as a mentor to many and shares her advice and stories on her blog, “Things That Change the Way I Think.”

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Genetic Predictors of Depression Trajectories in Adolescence

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Genetic Predictors of Depression Trajectories in Adolescence

Can early onset depression be associated with unique risk factors? Check out this week’s Said & Dunn post by guest blogger, Megan Skelton, a PhD student at Kings College London, to learn more about how genetic influences might be useful in understanding differences in risk for early and later onset of depression in adolescence.

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Spotlight On: Becky Mountain

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Becky, who is a new post-doc in the lab. Check out this “Spotlight on” in this week’s Said & Dunn post to learn more about Becky, including how her background in Anthropology led her to the Dunn Lab.

By: Olivia Pickett

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10 Things We Love About Research

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10 Things We Love About Research

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air….a love for research that is.  As researchers, we know all too well how easy it is to get caught up in a daily routine and forget about why we love what we do. This Valentine’s Day we’re taking a step back to reflect on the incredible work we have the privilege of doing as scientists. So, if you’re a student wondering about whether a career in research is right for you – or are an active researcher seeking some inspiration, here’s a list of the top 10 things we love about research.

By: The Dunn Lab

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Things I Now Know: Louise Arseneault

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Louise Arseneault. Louise is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at King's College London. Her research focuses on the impact of social relationships on mental health across the life span. She investigates the consequences of violence in childhood including bullying and maltreatment. She also examines loneliness and social support. This post is adapted from the original post by Hannah Myerson from the MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through Research blog. We wanted to repost it here because we thought its messages were thoughtful and genuine. We found it inspirational and we hope you do too!

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Crack the Code: Four Tips for New R Users

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Crack the Code: Four Tips for New R Users

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? What about a new programming language? It can be a time-consuming, confusing and, at times, frustrating task. In this week’s Said&Dunn post, our very own Data Analyst Yiwen Zhu shares her advice for beginners learning to code in R, and how to develop the skills to create inspiring, reproducible science.

By: Yiwen Zhu

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Navigating the dissertation process: 10 tips

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Navigating the dissertation process: 10 tips

Does the mere thought of writing a dissertation make you break out in a cold sweat? Never fear: in this week’s Said & Dunn post, public health doctoral students Meg Wang and Kristen Nishimi share 10 tips for smoothly navigating the dissertation process.

By: Meg Wang and Kristen Nishimi

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Spotlight On: Olivia Pickett

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Olivia, who is a new Co-op Student and Research Assistant in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Olivia, including the three big research questions that guide her work.

By: Janine Cerutti

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A Year in Review: Our Favorite Science Moments from 2018

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A Year in Review: Our Favorite Science Moments from 2018

It’s that time again when we reflect on the year that’s passed and chart a course for the one that lies ahead. What did we accomplish this past year? What were the experiences we remember most? What were the most gratifying things we learned? And what things enabled us to become better scientists? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, we assemble a “top-10-list” of our most memorable scientific moments from 2018.

By: The Dunn Lab

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