NIH Resilience Training Program


The Laney Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Education have partnered to offer a virtual pilot program through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education on Becoming a Resilient Scientist. A certificate of completion will be awarded by the NIH for those who complete all six units.

Format: Participants will be asked to watch a webinar on their own time, followed by a synchronous discussion with the program co-facilitators, Lydia Soleil, Director of Career Development in the Office of Postdoctoral Education and Rob Pearson, Assistant Dean of Professional Development in the Laney Graduate School. Please note: because this is a pilot program from the NIH intended to train our facilitators, an observer from the NIH will be attending all small group discussions.

The application to participate in the small discussions of this pilot program at Emory is now closed, but you may still watch the NIH webinars. To sign up for the webinars, please navigate to the units below and click the link that says “Register Here.” Recordings of each webinar will be made available to everyone who registers, so even if you cannot attend the live broadcast, you may still register to receive the recording.

Becoming a Resilient Scientist

Navigating scientific training the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of life can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. The goal of this series is to help you develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in your training and/or life. The series will consist of six webinars, each followed by a small group discussion the following week. The webinars will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way.

We all experience setbacks and disappointments in science, work, and life. In this webinar, we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, February 1
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm

We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar, we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions, and imposter fears, and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distort our views of our abilities and accomplishments.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, February 22 
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm

Emotions can play a critical role in how we communicate, navigate relationships, and manage conflict. In this webinar, we will discuss Emotional Intelligence and emotions and how they influence our resilience as scientists.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, March 15
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback, and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues, and supervisors.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, April 5
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm

We all need feedback to grow and learn but we often become defensive and are unable to learn from the feedback we receive, even if it is delivered well. In this webinar, we will talk about why receiving feedback is so difficult and explore ways to stay calm and engaged when receiving feedback. We will also talk about giving feedback in a calm and assertive way so that our voice can be heard.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, April 26
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm

We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will talk about the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on improving your relationship with your PI, finding mentors, and improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.

  • Small Group Discussion Date: Monday, May 17
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00 pm