Education & Resources

The Yale Stress Center provides opportunities to undergraduate, medical and graduate as well as post-doctoral candidates seeking experience in the clinical research and stress wellness prevention programs on the science of stress and how best to treat, and reduce  stress symptoms to decrease risk and relapse of stress-related disorders.

Training in the clinical science of stress and stress-related disorders as well as in research methods of stress provocation and in novel approaches to stress prevention and treatment are provided.

Training, both didactic and via role play, is available on the Script Development Procedures Manual, for Investigators interested in using the Sinha script procedures manual for stress and reward cue provocation.

Post-doctoral Opportunities

Post-doctoral opportunities for the Yale Stress Center Clinical Research Program are available at various times.

This opportunity provides a comprehensive clinical research experience in developing and testing novel approaches to assessing stress symptoms and risk of stress-related diseases as well treating and preventing stress-related disorders.

Training in the clinical neuroscience of stress, emotions, reward and reinforcement learning, cognitive and emotion regulation and manipulating these processes through specific behavioral and pharmacological strategies is available. In addition, research examining stress mechanisms that mediate social, behavioral and clinical outcomes in stress, anxiety, mood and addictive disorders are being conducted. All candidates work on specific research projects and also have the opportunity to develop an independent research project related to the themes of stress, addictions, health outcomes and behaviors, including testing hypotheses, data analyses, and manuscript development. Weekly team meetings will be held with biostatisticians, research faculty mentors. Finally, training in stress reduction and prevention as well as novel behavioral and therapeutic approaches to treating stress-related diseases is also available.

To inquire about current post-doctoral training opportunities, please send an email to

Graduate students at Yale and other universities and post-doctoral candidates from the departments of Psychology, Investigative Medicine, Neuroscience, Biomedical and Biological Science and related departments, will have the opportunity to rotate through The Stress Center to conduct interdisciplinary and translational research and gain practical clinical training.

If interested in applying, please contact and reference Stress Center Practica.

This training is for investigators interested in using the guided script imagery induction method. This method has been used in various studies by Dr. Sinha and colleagues in exposing individuals to stress, appetitive cues, and neutral-relaxing cues. The method involves “re-living” a recent stressful and craving related personal event through guided imagery and recall. The imagery script development procedures are based on Lang’s theory of emotional imagery (Lang, 1979).

Through the use of didactic instruction and role plays, this one and a half day training provides the participant with instruction on all steps of script development, including learning how to conduct the script development interview, how to write up the final script, guidance on the audio recording of scripts, and discussion on design issues related to the use of scripts in research studies.

For registration, please contact

To purchase training materials such as the Imagery Script Development Procedures Manual (revised edition), sample imaging scripts, or audio and video training tapes, please send an email to

Contact Information

To apply or register for any of our educational programs, please contact


Use these resources for helpful information on stress, its symptoms, and useful tips on how to manage it effectively.

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