Certificate Program SPOTLIGHTS
Below we've spotlighted some of the graduates who earned a Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Culture. The CMBC Certificate Program is open to Graduate Students interested in pursuing a multi-disciplinary path. If you want to find out more, visit our overview page.
“The MBC program introduced me to scientists who were interested the kinds of questions I was pursuing through humanities channels. I decided I wanted to be a moral psychologist after reading Jonathan Haidt's work in MBC 501. I am working as a lecturer in the Department of English, at Clemson University, though I would like to find my way back to Atlanta soon*. I am publishing in the field of moral psychology, with an article called "What are the “irreducible basic elements” of morality? A critique of the 'monism' vs. 'pluralism' debate in moral psychology" in press at Perspectives on Psychological Science, another article on the emergence of moral cognition in development, under review at Philosophical Psychology, and a third article--my own model of moral psychology--in the works.”
“I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard with faculty member Erin Hecht, a 2013 PhD Emory Neuroscience graduate.
The CMBC Certificate program was a deeply rewarding and influential part of my graduate studies. It was the framework through which I, an anthropologist, participated in neuroscience and psychology courses, and gained an understanding of how people were thinking about the evolution of the human brain in interdisciplinary ways. Now I am working on another interesting mammalian group – canids – in a highly interdisciplinary department. I still regularly think about (and cite) many of the readings I did in CMBC courses!”
“I’m an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes College, and currently a Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University.
It’s fair to say that the Certificate helped shape my career path. The core course introduced me to the foundations of cognitive science, and I’ve worked at the intersection of philosophy, computer science, and computational neuroscience ever since.”
“I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. My areas of interest include contemporary asexual identities and gender, health, and science. My book, Medical Entanglements: Rethinking Feminist Debates about Healthcare, was published this year by Rutgers University Press. In my teaching and scholarship, I use a feminist science studies lens, which is very much informed by the knowledge and perspectives I gained through the Mind, Brain, and Culture Certificate.”
"I’m currently at the University of Oxford, at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), working as a postdoctoral researcher in comparative Neuroimaging in the Cognitive Neuroecology lab run by Rogier Mars.
During my time as a Neuroscience PhD student at Emory, my enrolment in the certificate program permitted me to get cross-trained in critical theory and women’s and gender studies scholarship. Connections I made through these courses led to membership in organizations that examine the relationship between gender and neuroscience as well as collaborations with feminist science studies scholars on hybrid science/gender studies publications. These experiences were instrumental to my successful application for a Marie Curie fellowship that permitted me to work for two years at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands and ultimately led to my current position."
"The certificate program facilitated my development as a clinician and researcher by helping me appreciate the confluence of forces that impact the health and well-being of young children in America, including their mental health history (exposure to trauma, attachment, interpersonal factors, etc.), biologic/genetic loading, and cultural influences, such as social media, politics, school, etc.
I'm a clinical and research fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale; I see children and adolescents as a psychiatrist and conduct research on mindfulness-based interventions in young children; after completion of residency/fellowship, the plan is to take a position as a clinician-scientist seeing patients and conducting mindfulness-based intervention research."