Trainee Initiatives


The Flux Trainee Committee is responsible for ensuring that trainees’ interests are represented in the Flux Society by providing training, resources, and avenues for connecting with other professionals in the field. Specifically, this committee is responsible for:

1) Researching the needs of predoctoral and postdoctoral members to determine how the Flux Society can provide support.

2) Generating opportunities for networking and mentorship.

3) Organizing symposia and workshops designed to address trainee members’ career development.

Committee Members

Zeena Ammar
Marjolein Barendse
Sofia Cárdenas
Jessica Flannery
Dana Glenn
Na Yeon Kim
Paola Odriozola
Maximilian Scheuplein
Suzanne van de Groep
Leehyun Yoon

Trainee Congress activities and initiatives (September 17 – 21, 2021)

To carry out the Committee’s commitment to trainees, we are pleased to announce the following Congress activities and initiatives.


Mentor/Mentee Match

The Mentor/Mentee Match pairs mentees with a senior academic faculty to provide mentees with valuable insights, guidance and advice to help students and early career researchers be successful in their academic pursuits and professional development. Mentors will be matched with 1 – 3 mentees and will be expected to meet with them one-on-one for 30 minutes during the Flux Congress (or soon afterwards).  All are welcome to participate as a mentor or mentee.  Information on how to sign up to come.

Connecting Science and Society: Panel Discussion & Workshop

Panel Discussion

The Flux Trainee Committee is organizing two events under the theme of “Connecting Science and Society.” Our first event will be a panel discussion where we will invite experts to share their experiences in communicating science to non-academic audiences, as well as involving citizens (i.e. your research population) in research. We hope to cover expertise on science journalism, translating science to policy-making, communicating with younger audiences, and citizen science.  The speakers on our panel are:

Sabine Kastner, MD, PhD, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Sabine Kastner is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. She leads the Neuroscience of Attention and Perception Laboratory which investigates the neural basis of visual perception, attention, and awareness in the primate brain. One recent direction of her research includes the development of attention and perceptual functions in school-aged children with and without developmental disorders. In addition to publishing more than 150 articles in journals and books, she has served on several editorial boards and is Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Neurobiology. Professor Kastner is also one of the co-founders and chief editors for the Frontiers of Young Minds Neuroscience section. Frontiers for Young Minds provides an opportunity for children from all around the world to engage with scientific research and participate in the publishing process. Her contribution has been recognized by the Society for Neuroscience’s 2019 Award for Education in Neuroscience. She will join our panel discussion and share her insights on Frontiers for Young Minds. Website: 

Moira ONeil, Senior Vice Presidents of Research Interpretation at FrameWorks institute

Moira O’Neil leads FrameWorks’ efforts to interpret and share communications science with the nonprofit sector so it can more effectively drive social change. Moira manages a team of communications professionals and social scientists who help fields of practice frame social issues in ways that have the proven power to deepen understanding and inspire action. 


Twitter handles: @FrameWorksI


Michelle Achterberg, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University

Michelle Achterberg is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University, with an interest in social emotional development. In her studies, she focuses on the underlying neural mechanisms of, and environmental influences on, social emotion regulation in childhood. In addition to her scientific research, she aims to build bridges between science and society by communicating scientific findings to the broader society, as well as incorporating the society in setting up new studies, using citizen-science. Personal website: Twitter:  

Rebecca Schwarzlose, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University in St. Louis

Rebecca Schwarzlose is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research uses functional neuroimaging to investigate sensory prediction and anxiety in typically developing children and children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Before coming to Washington University, Rebecca served as chief editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She is also the author of a critically acclaimed trade book about topographic brain maps called Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain – And How They Guide You. She is the recipient of both research and science communication grants, including a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program for Public Understanding in Science and Technology. Twitter profile: Personal website: Blog:


The panel discussion will be followed by a trainee-led workshop that is exclusively open to Flux trainee members (i.e., students and post-docs). In this workshop attendees will brainstorm in small groups about a project of their own choice that aims to connect science and society. For example, attendees can devise their own science communication or citizen science project. After the workshop, attendees will pitch their initial ideas for a project and receive feedback. We encourage attendees to carry out the project within the next year, but this is not obligatory. Progress on implemented projects can be presented in poster format at Flux 2022. Trainees who attend this workshop will have a better understanding of the ways in which science and society can have mutually beneficial connections, will have networked with other trainees, and will find out whether they want to pursue future projects in which they aim to foster a connection between science and society.

Career Perspectives Panel

This panel discussion will include a diverse set of experts, who work within and/or outside of academia. Besides sharing their own stories about successes and struggles, they will provide hands-on advice on how to navigate the job market as an early career researcher. The goal of this session is to inspire (particularly) early career researchers about possible career trajectories as well as to discuss some common choices everyone faces. To stimulate an open and honest discussion, this session will not be recorded. Stay tuned for more information.

Gail Rosenbaum, PhD

Gail Rosenbaum, PhD

Staff Scientist, Geisinger Health


Gail Rosenbaum is a Staff Scientist in the Behavioral Insights Team at Geisinger Health. During her PhD training at Temple University and postdoctoral fellowship at New York University, Gail’s research focused on the development of risky decision making across adolescence, drawing on insights from developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics. At Geisinger, she applies findings from research on judgment and decision making to improve healthcare decisions and outcomes for patients and employees.

Marc Seal, PhD

Marc Seal, PhD

Murdoch Children's Research Institute & The University of Melbourne, Australia


Marc Seal currently holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne and as Group Leader of the Developmental Imaging Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In this role he is responsible for coordinating and facilitating clinical research utilising the MRI Scanners at the Melbourne Children’s campus and supervise a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, MRI technologists and neuroscientists. He has extensive expertise in paediatric neuroimaging and for the last 12 years his primary role has been to enable and facilitate high quality neurodevelopmental research on the Melbourne Children’s Campus. The work of his team and international collaborators has provided novel information about individual differences in brain development, from birth to adolescence, and importantly the functional consequences of idiosyncratic variation in these individual developmental trajectories.


Yee Lee Shing, PhD

Yee Lee Shing, PhD

Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


Yee Lee Shing is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt. She is the Principal Investigator of the Lifespan Cognitive and Brain Development (LISCO) Lab and also a member of the IDeA Centre of the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF). She is interested in understanding the development of cognitive and neural functions across the human lifespan, with a focus on long-term memory and predictive processing. Her research combines neuroimaging (e.g., structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging) and multivariate developmental methodology (e.g., structural equation and latent growth curve modelling) to investigate the unfolding of brain–behaviour relationships across time. Professor Shing has received several grants and awards for her work, including the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis (German Research Foundation), Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow, and ERC Starting Grant.

Andrea Niles, PhD

Andrea Niles, PhD

Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Youper AI


Andrea Niles, PhDAndrea Niles is the Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Youper AI. Youper is a digital mental health company that uses artificial intelligence to increase access to and facilitate mental health treatment. Youper delivers AI Therapy, a novel treatment approach developed by Dr. Niles and the Youper team. Youper also connects users via telehealth to providers who can prescribe psychiatric medications. Dr. Niles is passionate about using technology to disseminate evidence-based treatments. Her work at Youper falls at the intersection of her interests in technology, treatment development, research, data science, and clinical work.You can use these two links: