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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

Emily Finn, Ph.D.Dr. Emily Finn joined the Section on Functional Imaging Methods in 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Peter Bandettini. She uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to study individual differences in brain activity and connectivity and how these relate to behavior. During her postdoc, she has focused on how naturalistic scanning paradigms, such as watching a movie or listening to a story, may be used as a “stress test” for the brain, to draw out targeted idiosyncratic patterns of neural activity in both healthy people and those with or at risk for mental illness. This line of work builds on her graduate thesis, which demonstrated that each individual has a functional connectivity “fingerprint” that is both unique and reliable across various brain states, and that features of these signatures predict high-level cognitive traits such as fluid intelligence. In another line of work at NIMH, she has applied recent developments in high-resolution fMRI to study cortical layer-dependent activity in prefrontal cortex during working memory. In spring 2019, she was awarded a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence grant from the NIMH to support the last phase of her postdoc and her transition to independence. In July 2020, she will begin an assistant professorship in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, where her new lab will continue to study individual differences under naturalistic conditions using innovative imaging, behavioral and computational techniques.


PhD, Neuroscience, Yale University

BA, Linguistics, Yale University

Selected Publications

  1. Finn ES, Huber L, Jangraw DC, Molfese PJ, Bandettini PA. (2019). Layer-dependent activity in human prefrontal cortex during working memory. Nature Neuroscience, 22: 1687-1695
  2. Finn ES, Corlett PR, Chen G, Bandettini PA, Constable RT. (2018). Trait paranoia shapes inter-subject synchrony in brain activity during an ambiguous social narrative. Nature Communications, 9: 2043.
  3. Finn ES, Scheinost D, Finn DM, Shen X, Papademetris X, Constable RT. (2017). Can brain state be manipulated to emphasize individual differences in functional connectivity? NeuroImage, 160: 140-151.
  4. Shen X, Finn ES, Scheinost D, Rosenberg MD, Chun MM, Papademetris X, Constable RT. (2017). Using connectome-based predictive modeling to predict individual behavior from brain connectivity. Nature Protocols 12: 506-18.
  5. Rosenberg MD*, Finn ES*, Scheinost D, Shen X, Papademetris X, Constable RT, Chun MM. (2016) A neuromarker of sustained attention from whole-brain functional connectivity. Nature Neuroscience, 19: 165–171.
  6. Finn ES*, Shen X*, Scheinost D, Rosenberg MD, Huang J, Chun MM, Papademetris X, Constable RT. (2015) Functional connectome fingerprinting: Identifying individuals using patterns of brain connectivity. Nature Neuroscience, 18: 1664–1671.