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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

Wan-Ling Tseng, Ph.D.

Wan-Ling Tseng, Ph.D.

Dr. Wan-Ling Tseng is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Ellen Leibenluft’s laboratory in the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.  During her PhD study under the mentorship of Dr. Nicki R. Crick, Dr. Tseng’s graduate research focused on the developmental trajectories of aggression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated social impairment.  In Dr. Ellen Leibenluft’s laboratory at the NIMH, her current work focuses on understanding the brain mechanisms mediating abnormal psychological processes associated with irritability in children and adolescents. 

Dr. Tseng has recently received an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99) to use machine learning, a data-driven computational approach, to investigate the neural mechanisms of childhood irritability.  Her goal is to understand individual differences in how children process frustrating events, how frustration affects the neural mechanisms underlying attention and other cognitive function, and how these processes are associated with real-life irritability. Ultimately, her research goal is to study irritability using multiple levels of analysis (e.g., brain, behavior, environment) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the etiology and development of irritability.

In addition to her recent K99 Award, Dr. Tseng’s work has been recognized by other prestigious awards and organizations including the Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award (2015), Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder (2015), NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (2015), and the NIMH OFT Trainee Travel Award (2016).

Selected Publications

  1. Tseng, W. L., Moroney, E., Machlin, L., Roberson-Nay, R., Hettema, J. M., Carney, D., Stoddard, J., Towbin, K. A., Pine, D. S., Leibenluft, E., & Brotman, M. A. (2017). Test-retest reliability and validity of a frustration paradigm and irritability measures. Journal of Affective Disorders, 212, 38-45.
  2. Stoddard, J., Tseng, W. L., Kim, P., Chen, G., Yi, J., Donahue, L., Brotman, M. A., Towbin, K. A., Pine, D. S., & Leibenluft, E. (2017). Association of irritability and anxiety with the neural mechanisms of implicit face emotion processing in youths with psychopathology. JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 95-103. 
  3. Tseng, W. L., Thomas, L. A., Harkins, E., Stoddard, J., Zarate, C. A., Pine, D. S., Leibenluft, E., & Brotman, M. A. (2016). Functional connectivity during masked and unmasked face emotion processing in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 258, 1-9.
  4. Tseng, W. L., Thomas, L. A., Harkins, E., Pine, D. S., Leibenluft, E., & Brotman, M. A. (2016). Neural correlates of masked and unmasked face emotion processing in severe mood dysregulation. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 11, 78-88.
  5. Tseng, W. L., Guyer, A. E., Briggs-Gowan, M. J., Axelson, D., Birmaher, B., Egger, H. L., Helm, J., Stowe, Z., Towbin, K. A., Wakschlag, L. S., Leibenluft, E., & Brotman, M. A. (2015). Behavior and emotion modulation deficits in preschoolers at risk for bipolar disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 32, 325-334.  
  6. Tseng, W. L., Bones, B. L., Kayser, R. R., Olsavsky, A. K., Fromm, S. J., Pine, D. S., Leibenluft, E., & Brotman, M. A. (2015). An fMRI study of emotional face encoding in youth at risk for bipolar disorder. European Psychiatry, 30, 94-98.
  7. Tseng, W. L., Kawabata, Y., Gau, S. S., & Crick, N. R. (2014). Symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and peer functioning: A transactional model of development. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 1353-1365.
  8. Brotman, M. A., Tseng, W. L., Olsavsky, A. K., Fromm, S. J., Muhrer, E. J., Rutenberg, J. G., Deveney, C. M., Adleman, N. E., Zarate, C. A., Pine, D. S., & Leibenluft, E. (2014). Fronto-limbic-striatal dysfunction in pediatric and adult patients with bipolar disorder: Impact of face emotion and attentional demands. Psychological Medicine, 44, 1639-1651.
  9. Tseng, W. L., & Gau, S. S. (2013). Executive function as a mediator for the link between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and social problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 996-1004.