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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Navigating the holiday blues

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Navigating the holiday blues

The holiday season can be both joyful and challenging. It’s not uncommon for people to experience “holiday blues” — or feelings of stress, loneliness, or depression. In this week’s Said&Dunn post, we share some websites that may be helpful in navigating the blues this holiday season.

By: Janine Cerutti

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What is depression?

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What is depression?

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Megan Skelton. Megan is a PhD student and member of  The Emotional Development, Interventions and Treatment (EDIT) lab at King’s College London. The EDIT lab focuses on the role of genetic, cognitive, and environmental factors in the development and treatment of emotional difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. This post is adapted from their D post (D is for Depression) that is part of their recent “A-Z” blog series, covering topics of interest for each letter of the alphabet.

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How colleges are using technology to address college student mental health and prevent suicide

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How colleges are using technology to address college student mental health and prevent suicide

College is an exciting time filled with new opportunities, environments, and independence. However, 1 in 5 undergraduates also experience mental health issues during college, which too often go undetected and in some cases, have resulted in suicide. To help solve the mental health crisis on college campuses and prevent suicide, many schools are now turning to technology. Check out this week’s Said&Dunn post by Yael Kahn to find out more about college students’ mental health and the technological interventions that may help students to cope. 

By: Yael Kahn

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The not-so-straightforward measurement of socioeconomic status

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The not-so-straightforward measurement of socioeconomic status

Socioeconomic status (SES) is widely recognized as one of the biggest determinants of both physical and mental health. However, measuring SES is not so easy. For example, do different measurements of SES, such as income, education, and occupation, capture SES in similar ways? And do these measures predict health outcomes to the same degree? Research Coordinator, Janine Cerutti, dives into these challenges in this week’s Said&Dunn.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Consumer Genetic Testing Kits: Precision Medicine in the Home?

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Consumer Genetic Testing Kits: Precision Medicine in the Home?

Have you heard about “precision medicine?”  It’s an approach to health care that aims to tailor disease treatment and prevention strategies so they are customized to each person’s unique biology and life experiences.  As the field of genetics enters the spotlight as a tool for use in precision medicine, many people are growing interested in using genetic data to guide their health care decisions. Consumer genetic testing super-giants like 23andMe are taking the market by storm, but what are the implications of these consumer products? Find out more in the latest Said&Dunn post.

By: Sam Ersnt

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Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

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Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

Short on time, but want to learn more about the latest research in the field of mental health? Take the next 15 minutes to watch some videos—from our group and others—about depression, brain health, sensitive periods in development, science-based intervention strategies, and schizophrenia prevention.

By: Janine Cerutti

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

Can stressful experiences “get under the skin” and change the way our genes function? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, Yiwen and Khalil explore the field of epigenetics, which is providing important new insights about how stress can affect the functioning of our DNA. This post also includes a video by Dr. Dunn, where she explains the meaning of epigenetics and how our lab group is studying the epigenetics of stress and depression.

By: Yiwen Zhu and Khalil Zlaoui

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Spotlight On: Yael Kahn

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Yael, who is a new Research Assistant in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Yael, including what she’s working on in the lab.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Humans aren’t so unique: Mental illness exists across species

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Humans aren’t so unique: Mental illness exists across species

Have you ever wondered about the mental health of animals?  Can animals experience depression? Believe it or not, mental illness is not only prevalent in humans, but also across the animal kingdom. In this week’s Said & Dunn post, Kristina Jacobsson, a Harvard undergraduate in the lab, explores the occurrence of mental illness in non-human species.

By: Kristina Jacobsson

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The Dunn Lab at MGH's Clinical Research Day

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The Dunn Lab at MGH's Clinical Research Day

Every year, MGH celebrates the research accomplishments of its investigators at Clinical Research Day. This year, over 300 projects were highlighted, spanning all domains of science across MGH’s research teams. To find out who presented from our lab and what they shared, check out this week’s Said&Dunn post. 

By: Janine Cerutti

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Five sensitive periods you didn’t know existed

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Five sensitive periods you didn’t know existed

In the Dunn Lab, a lot of our research is focused on identifying sensitive periods in development when life experiences may be particularly impactful in shaping brain health and risk for mental health problems. However, sensitive periods aren’t just limited to mental health. Find out about some sensitive periods you probably didn’t know existed in this week’s Said&Dunn post. 

By: Katie Davis

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Spotlight on: Janine Cerutti

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Janine, who is a new Research Coordinator in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Janine, including what she’s working on and what advice she can share for folks wanting to get involved in research.

By: Janine Cerutti

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The complexity of studying resilience

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The complexity of studying resilience

Many researchers are starting to study resilience. But do we all mean the same thing when we say “resilience”? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, Kristen Nishimi and Karmel Choi explore definitions, areas of research, and some burning questions surrounding the concept of resilience.

By: Kristen Nishimi and Karmel Choi

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How the Dunn Lab does summer

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How the Dunn Lab does summer

Everyone needs a break now and then from work. In that spirit, we’re taking the month of August off from our Said&Dunn posts. Before we return in September, we thought you might enjoy a post about our childhood and recent summer memories. Find out who loved camp, traveled to foreign places, and more in our Dunn Lab Summer Q&A article.

By: Members of the Dunn Lab

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Top 10 tips for how to land the academic job you want

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Top 10 tips for how to land the academic job you want

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that the academic job market is highly competitive. Looking to set yourself apart from other candidates in the world of academia? Click the link to read our lab’s top 10 tips for landing the academic job you want.

By: Members of the Dunn Lab

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