Pre-doctoral Training Program

Criteria for admission:

  • Completed master's degree or equivalent before Aug 2016 (preferred)
  • Strong academic record
  • Research experience and productivity
  • Confirmed commitment and support of faculty mentor
  • Sound scientific writing skills


The MPSI Pre-doctoral Training Program is open to a limited number of graduate student trainees, post master's degree or equivalent, committed to excellence in research and a career focused on developmental science, especially in family and community settings. Trainees are enrolled in August 2016 for one 12-month period.


Our training program provides a significant number of benefits, responsibilities and opportunities in an interdisciplinary research environment. Its apprentice-model focuses on essential experiences in research, education, and community engagement related to infant, child and adolescent development. Structured professional development opportunities are offered and trainees are cultivated as junior colleagues working closely with faculty research mentors in shared scholarly pursuits.

Specific benefits for trainees include:

  • An award of $1,500 per semester (students are permitted and encouraged to have other sources of funding)
  • Up to $500 to participate/present research at a professional conference related to developmental science
  • Eligible to apply for $300 in Fall and Winter semesters to participate in a relevant scientific conference in which the student is the first and presenting author
  • Advanced training and preparation for a research career, including:
    – Focus on research publications and national presentations
    – Opportunity to interact with nationally known experts
    – Broad-based professional development
    – Training in grant writing and publication

Trainee responsibilities and expectations


  • Maintain solid academic progress in home department/school
  • Develop MPSI Individual Development Plan and report progress


  • Be engaged actively in relevant research
  • Submit one peer-reviewed publication per year
  • Attend regular MPSI Research Colloquia (usually two per month)
  • Present at the annual MPSI/IOG Lifespan Alliance Research Day


  • Attend the MPSI-IOG Professional Development series presentations
  • Participate actively in the MPSI Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
  • Participate in MPSI governance as a representative to monthly faculty meetings (this responsibility alternates among GSO members)
  • Participate in hosting scientific visitors to MPSI


  • Participate in community-based activity relevant to research and education goals

For more information contact  Hilary Ratner PhD at