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I am ASCPT: Joseph Collins

Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 9/1/2022 12:00:00 AM

Joseph Collins, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

What does being recognized as a Presidential Trainee mean to you?
The ASCPT Presidential Trainee Award is an honor. Whereas much of the reward of research comes from discovery, recognition of your work is always nice. Awards like this are great for reinvigorating passion for a research project.

Do you have a favorite tip or trick for clinical practice or research that you want to share with fellow members?
Writing can be difficult. Start with your results to develop your story, which will help to focus your introduction and discussion sections. Also, as with most things, writing is easier on some days than others. I’ve found that writing for roughly 30 minutes a day helps me to keep focused and discover those easy days.

Some useful advice that was given to me by previous mentors:

A previous mentor gave me two pieces of advice that I try to remind myself of daily. First, to truly own your successes, it is important to own your own failures. Second, take time to cherish your achievements. Commonly, research is fast-paced and encourages moving to the next idea/project quickly. However, it is important to take a moment and let yourself feel good about your accomplishments.

When you aren't working, how do you spend your free time?
When not working, I’m usually spending time with my wife Danielle and son Barrett. We prefer being outdoors, whether at a park or at the barn where our horse Cowboy is stabled. I also really enjoy cooking and brewing beer, both of which are like research and are a nice blend of art and science.

Joseph has been a member of ASCPT since 2021.

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