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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

Trainee Successes: Past & Present

Soonjo Hwang, M.D.

Soonjo Hwang, M.D.

Dr. Soonjo Hwang, M.D., joined NIMH in July, 2012 as a clinical fellow working under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. James Bair in the Section on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience (SACN). The SACN’s focus of research was the neurobiological understanding of behavioral/emotional disorders in the pediatric population, especially regarding conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and ADHD.

In 2015, Dr. Hwang accepted a position with the University of Nebraska, Medical Center (UNMC) as an assistant professor where he expanded his research to clinical trials. By combining clinical trials with neuroscientific modalities, including neuroimaging (fMRI and magnetoencephalography), and genetic testing Dr. Hwang hopes to gain a comprehensive understanding of neurocircuitry dysfunction and their response to different interventions. Dr. Hwang is also conducting large-scale data collection on symptom profiles and behavioral data of various neuropsychological tasks for pediatric populations with disruptive mood and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Hwang is currently conducting two clinical trials in children and adolescents with disruptive mood and behavior disorders. One of these trials is a collaboration with Boys Town National Research Hospital, Neurobehavioral Research Center where his former supervisor and mentor, Dr. James Blair now serves as Director. The other clinical trial is an international collaboration project with the Ministry of Education and School of Mental Health Research and Resources Center in South Korea. 

Clinical Fellowship –  Section on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience, NIMH, Bethesda, MD
Residency – General Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College, NY; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA
Internship - General Psychiatry at Severance Hospital/Yonsei University, College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea
M.D -  Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea
M.B  -  Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea

Awards (at NIH)
2014 Grant recipient, The Ministry of Education of Republic of Korea.
2013 Training awardee, Fondazione Child. Dr. Hwang attended the “10th International Training Seminar for Junior Investigators in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” in Bocca di Magra (La Spezia), Italy.

NIMH publications

  1. Soonjo Hwang; Stuart White, Zachary Nolan, Craig Williams, Stephen Sinclair, and James Blair. Dual Neuro-circuitry Dysfunctions in Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Emotional Responding and Response Inhibition.  Psychological Medicine Vol 46 (7) pp1485-1496. May, 2016.
  2. Soonjo Hwang; Stuart White, Zachary Nolan, Stephen Sinclair, and James Blair. Executive attention control and emotional responding in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder - A functional MRI study.  Neuroimage: Clinical. Vol 9 pp545-554. October 2015.