Do professors struggle with imposter syndrome?

Did they face the same challenges as students today?


Behind the CV: Stories from Faculty (a “Growing Up in Science” Event) is an event series about becoming and being a scientist. Faculty share their stories with a focus on the unspoken challenges of a life in academia. This event is open to undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and others.

Please join us for this series once a month, and (if you missed the last one) check out our videos below!

Fall 2023


September 20, 3:30pm – Fireside Lounge (200 ARCH, 3601 Locust)


Gareth Roberts, PhD
Department of Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania







Summer 2023 – Thursdays, 200 Goddard Labs


July 13, 12:00pm

Joseph Kable, PhD
Baird Term Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, MindCORE
University of Pennsylvania



August 10, 12:00pm

Martha Farah, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Center for Neuroscience and Society (CNS)
University of Pennsylvania




Spring 2023 – Thursdays, 200 Goddard Labs


April 20, 3:30-4:30pm

Anna Schapiro, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Penn Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
University of Pennsylvania



March 16, 4-5pm

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Anna Papafragou, PhD
Professor, Department of Linguistics
Director, Language and Cognition Lab
University of Pennsylvania








Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson, PhD

Executive Director & Senior Fellow
Wharton Neuroscience Initiative
University of Pennsylvania



Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Professor of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania



Jennifer Morton, PhD

Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania



Joshua Gold, PhD 

Professor of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania




Roy Hamilton, MD MS

Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation
University of Pennsylvania



Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD

Mitchell J. and Margo K. Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Pennsylvania




John Dani, PhD

Chair, Dept. of Neuroscience
David J. Mahoney Professor of Neurological Sciences
University of Pennsylvania


Michelle Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania


Desmond Oathes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Lab Director, CNDS Associate Director
University of Pennsylvania


Kathryn Davis, MD, MSTR

Assistant Professor, Neurology, Hospital of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
University of Pennsylvania



Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Director, Cognitive Fitness Program & Neuropsychological Services (Penn Memory Center)
University of Pennsylvania



Kathryn Schuler, PhD (1/23/20)

Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department
Principal Investigator, Child Language Lab
University of Pennsylvania



Michael Platt, PhD (12/12/19)

James S. Riepe University Professor
Department of Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Wharton School
Principal Investigator, Platt Lab
University of Pennsylvania



Wei Ji Ma, PhD (11/21/19)

Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Sciences
Principal Investigator, Ma Lab
New York University


Elizabeth Brannon, PhD (10/17/19)

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair
Professor, Department of Psychology
Principal Investigator, Brannon Lab




David Meaney, PhD (9/19/19)

Solomon R. Pollack Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Molecular Engineering Lab




Maria Geffen, PhD (4/23/19)

Associate Professor, Departments of Otorhinolaryngology & Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Geffen Laboratory of Auditory Coding



Konrad Kording, PhD (4/2/19)

Penn Integrated Knowledge Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Kording Lab



Sudeep Bhatia, PhD (2/27/19)

Assistant Professor of Psychology, UPenn
Principal Investigator, Computational Behavioral Science Lab



Michelle J. Johnson, PhD (1/25/19)

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UPenn
Director, Rehabilitation Robotics Lab




“Growing Up in Science” is a conversation series model started by NYU professors Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini which has spread to different institutions. You can find more about Wei Ji Ma, Cristina Alberini, and “Growing Up in Science” here.

Co-sponsored by MindCORE and CURF.