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Office of Fellowship Training (OFT)

OFT Mission

The mission of the Office of Fellowship Training is:

  • To support and promote a productive and fulfilling research training experience in the NIMH Intramural Research Program
  • To encourage career planning and guide career management through trainee use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • To provide programs and services to assist trainees in discovering and clarifying career choices
  • To provide opportunities and to encourage trainees to build a professional skill set which enables them to become world leaders in academic and non-academic careers

Come visit our booth and speak with an OFT staff member about the fellowship and training opportunities we offer at the NIH/NIMH. We will be at the following scientific meetings: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) and Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Trainee Successes: Past & Present

Joel Stoddard, M.D.

Joel Stoddard, M.D.

Dr. Joel Stoddard is currently an assistant professor with the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and is working towards improved diagnostics and novel therapeutics for severe affective disorders in youth, targeting neurocognitive biases frequently associated with these disorders. Dr. Stoddard is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed clinical neuroscience training at the NIMH intramural program. His training has focused on the application of affective neuroscience techniques to elucidate the pathophysiology of severe affective disorders in children. In particular, chronic irritability is common concern for psychiatrists and is associated with negative outcomes. Dr. Stoddard’s work in irritability has focused on its associated cognitive biases, particularly social threat processing apart from that found in anxiety.

Selected Publications:

  1. Stoddard J, Hsu D, Reynolds RC, Brotman MA, Ernst M, Pine DS, Leibenluft, E, Dickstein DP. (2014). Aberrant amygdala intrinsic functional connectivity distinguishes youths with bipolar disorder from those with severe mood dysregulation. Psychiatric Research: Neuroimaging. 231(2), 120-125.
  2. Stoddard J, Sharif-Askary B, Harkins EA, Frank HR, Brotman MA, Penton-Voak IS, Maoz K, Bar-Haim Y, Munafò M, Pine DS, Leibenluft E. (2016). An open pilot study of training hostile interpretation bias to treat disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 26(1), 49-57.
  3. Stoddard J, Gotts SJ, Brotman MA, Lever S, Hsu D, Zarate CA, Ernst M, Pine DS, Leibenluft E. (2016). Aberrant intrinsic functional connectivity within and between corticostriatal and temporal-parietal networks in adults and youth with bipolar disorder. Psychological Medicine. 46(7), 1509-22.
  4. Jarcho J, Davis MM, Shechner T, Degnan KA, Henderson HA, Stoddard J, Fox NA, Leibenluft E, Pine DS, Nelson EE. (2016). Early childhood social reticence predicts brain function in preadolescent youths during distinct forms of peer evaluation. Psychological Science. 27(6), 821-835.
  5. Maoz K, Eldar S, Stoddard J, Pine DS, Leibenluft E, Bar-Haim Y. (2016). Angry-happy interpretations of ambiguous faces in social anxiety disorder. Psychiatry Research. 241, 122-127.
  6. Tseng WL, Thomas LA, Harkins E, Stoddard J, Zarate CA, Pine DS, Leibenluft E, Brotman MA. (2016). Functional connectivity during masked and unmasked face emotion processing in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 258, 1-9.
  7. Tseng WL, Moroney E, Machlin L, Roberson-Nay R, Hettema JM, Carney D, Stoddard J, Towbin KA, Pine DS, Leibenluft E, Brotman MA. (2017). Test-retest reliability of a frustration paradigm and irritability measures. Journal of Affective Disorders. 212, 38-45.
  8. Stoddard J, Tseng WL, Kim P, Yi J, Donahue L, Brotman MA, Towbin KA, Pine DS, Leibenluft E. (2017). Association of irritability and anxiety with the neural mechanisms of implicit face-emotion processing in youths with psychopathology. JAMA: Psychiatry. 74(1), 95-103.
  9. Weisman O, Guri Y, Gur RE, McDonald-McGinn DM, Calkins ME, Tang SX, Emanuel B, Zackai EH, Eliez S, Schneider M, Schaer M, Kates WR, Antshel KM, Fremont W, Shashi V, Hooper SR, Armando M, Pontillo M, Kushan L, Jalbrzikowski M, Bearden CE, Cubells JF, Ousley OY, Walker EF, Simon TJ, Stoddard J, Niendam TA, van den Bree MBM, Gothelf D, International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. (2017). Subthreshold Psychosis in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Multisite Naturalistic Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 43(5) 1079-1089.
  10. Chen G, Taylor PA, Haller SP, Kircanski K, Stoddard J, Pine DS, Leibenluft E, Brotman MA, Cox RW. (2017) Intraclass correlation: improved modeling approaches and applications for neuroimaging. bioRxiv. 164327