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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

Julia Linke, Ph.D.

Julia Linke, Ph.D., integrates clinical and developmental psychology with a cognitive neuroscience perspective to examine brain-behavior mechanisms that underlie alterations in emotion-cognition interactions characteristic of mood and anxiety disorders. During her diploma, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum at Dresden University, studying the effects of antenatal stress on mental health and well-being in middle childhood. Her graduate work at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany under the mentorship of Dr. Michèle Wessa focused on cognitive flexibility and reward processing in individuals with and at risk for bipolar disorder and depression. To study the relevant neural circuitry, Dr. Linke obtained a solid foundation in the fundamentals of task-based and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging, including an appreciation for the future potential of these techniques. In 2017, Dr. Linke joined the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience with Dr. Ellen Leibenluft. During her postdoctoral work, Dr. Linke has been broadening and deepening her skills in human neuroimaging while examining childhood and adolescence as sensitive neurodevelopmental periods for the emergence of mood and anxiety disorders.

In December 2022, Dr. Linke will begin an assistant professorship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Here, she will study the neural mechanisms adolescents use to process emotionally and motivationally relevant information and how these mechanisms are shaped by social context (e.g., adverse life events, inequity). The long-term goal of her work is to develop targeted, early interventions to mitigate youth's risk for future socioemotional problems and impairment.


License, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Center for Psychological Psychotherapy, Heidelberg University, Germany

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Heidelberg University, Dresden

Diploma, Psychology, Technical University Dresden, Germany

Selected Publications

  1. Linke, J.O., Haller, S.P., Xu, E., Nguyen, L., Chue, A., Zapp, C., Revzina, O., Perlstein, S., Ross, A., Tseng, W.-L., Shaw, P., Brotman, M., Pine, D.S., Gotts, S.J., Leibenluft, E.*, Kircanski, K.* (revise and resubmit) Frustration-induced reconfiguration of brain networks: Implications for pediatric psychopathology.
  2. Linke, J.O., Abend, R., Kircanski, K., Clayton, M., Stavish, C., Benson, B., Brotman, M.A., Renaud, O., Smith, S.M., Nichols, T.E., Leibenluft, E., Winkler, A., Pine, D.S. (2021) Shared and anxiety-specific pediatric psychopathology dimensions manifest distributed neural correlates. Biological Psychiatry, 86(6). 576-587
  3. Hu, R., Stavish, C., Leibenluft, E., Linke, J.O. (2020) White matter microstructure in individuals with and at risk for bipolar disorder: evidence for an endophenotype from voxel-based meta-analysis. Biological Psychiatry CNNI, 5(12). 1104-1113.
  4. Linke, J.O., Adleman, N.E., Sarlls, J., †Ross, A., †Perlstein, S., Frank, H., Towbin, K.E., Pine, D.S., Leibenluft, E., Brotman, M.A. (2020) White matter microstructure in pediatric bipolar disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. JACAAP. 59 (10): 1135-1145.
  5. Linke, J.O., Stavish, C., Adleman, N.E., Sarlls, J., Towbin, K.E., Leibenluft, E., Brotman, M.A. (2020) White matter microstructure in youth with and at risk for bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 22 (2). 163-173.