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Training Future Leaders

Endeavor Scientists Program

Training and supporting multidisciplinary scientists making the next great breakthroughs in brain research

The Endeavor Scientists Program is a pioneering effort to support the development of talented multidisciplinary scientists in research positions at academic and medical institutions around the globe. Recruited from diverse fields such as computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics, Child Mind Institute Endeavor Scientists collaborate on research studies that seek a deeper understanding of the developing brain.

Recent technological innovations are transforming the field of children’s mental health, but psychiatric researchers often lack the technical and analytic backgrounds necessary to exploit them. The Endeavor Scientists Program is designed to address this issue. Through the generosity of private funders, these trainees conduct research over a two-year period, guided by an Endeavor Mentor located at an independent research institution.

Funding an Endeavor Scientist is an innovative way to spread expertise, encourage innovation and nurture the scientific minds of the future. In addition, the funders’ name is permanently attached to research published by the sponsored Endeavor Scientist during his or her tenure at the Child Mind Institute.

Darya Chyzhyk (2016-present)

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  • Andrew Family Endeavor Scientist
  • PhD, Computer Science, University of the Basque Country
  • MS, Applied Mathematics, University of the Basque Country
  • Uses fMRI to create models of brain disease for
    biomarker discovery

Nicholas Langer, PhD (2014-2015)

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
  • PhD in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, University of Zurich
  • Brought expertise in electrophysiology to our EEG studies and evaluated cognitive measures assessed in neuropsychological evaluations

Joshua Vogelstein, PhD (2013-2015)

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  • PhD, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
  • MS Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Brought expertise in statistics to further our big data analytic approaches with the Healthy Brain Network

Matthew Doherty, MEng (2011-2013)

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  • Inaugural Endeavor Scientist
  • MEng, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Created the CMI Librarian, an open access database of over 8,000 publications on children’s mental health

For more information on funding an Endeavor Scientist, contact Naomi Downey, Director of Development, at