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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Info for graduate student applicants.

Info for undergraduate student applicants.

Our lab prioritizes treating all individuals with respect and dignity. We aim to create an environment in which all individuals feel included. We also recognize systemic racism that seriously disadvantages black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in our university, city, state, and country. While there are numerous ways in which BIPOC are disadvantaged and mistreated, there are a few domains that are particularly relevant for our lab. A goal of our lab is to foster the education, training, and career development of the next generation of scientists and clinicians. This goal cannot be achieved without recognizing the systemic factors that make careers in science and mental health more difficult and less likely for BIPOC, including the lack of inclusive mentorship opportunities for BIPOC students. We acknowledge and aim to help address these problems by actively recruiting members of the BIPOC community to join our lab as trainees and pledge to provide equitable mentorship for all trainees.

A goal of this lab is to improve mental health care for trauma-exposed individuals through our study of basic mechanisms. Achieving this goal also cannot be possible without recognizing systemic practices stemming from the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States, including the traumatic stressor of racism and racial biases within the mental health care system, that make mental health disorders more likely while at the same time making access to health care more difficult among BIPOC. We aim to address these racial disparities by actively recruiting members of the BIPOC community as research participants so that they may be represented in our research efforts. We also aim to actively engage with the relevant local community organizations in order to listen and learn about how about we can better represent and target issues relevant to the BIPOC community.

Info for Graduate Students

The Cisler Lab is not currently accepting graduate student applications for 2021. If you are interested in working with Dr. Cisler he is relocating to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas, Austin, please reach out cbotsford@wisc.edu for more information.

Info for Undergraduate Students

We are not currently taking on new undergraduate students.