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The Jeremy Richman Brain Health Internship and Fellowship

The Jeremy Richman Brain Fund was established at the National Mental Health Innovation Center to honor the memory of an inspirational leader, researcher, husband, and father.  Jeremy lost his beloved daughter, Avielle, in the 2012 Sandy Hook School Shooting. Through his pain and grief, he sought answers to senseless violence.  Jeremy was a neuroscientist by training and believed in the critical role of research to navigate us through this public health crisis. Grants from the Fund are used to support students who share Jeremy’s passion for studying brain science and his belief that our compassion will move us toward healing

Our Future Depends on the Imagination of our Youth

The Avielle Initiative Fellows and Interns lend a unique, innovative, and engaged perspective to understanding the neural basis of violence and compassion. Young scientists will apply brain science within community-based research projectsLearn more each opportunity below.  


The Jeremy Richman Brain Health Fellowship 

The Jeremy Richman Fellowship provides a unique and innovative opportunity to learn about the scientific underpinnings of brain health, through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. Specifically, fellows will have the opportunity to engage in research and evaluation exploring the causes of violence and ways to foster compassion. This will include the biological and environmental factors involved in the development of violence. Fellows will also explore the protective role of compassion and the importance of empathy in instilling hope.  

This training will also include communicating research and disseminating information about evidence-based approaches of brain health to the larger community. These practical skills may involve public speaking, publishing, branding, copy edit writing, and website design.

This position requires the ability to effectively assess and synthesize information about brain health.  

This position is a one-year, full time, postdoctoral fellowship position at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Fellows will receive research and evaluation training focused on understanding the underpinnings of brain health. Fellows are expected to assist and collaborate on research projects and programs, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in conferences, workshops and seminars. 

Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with interdisciplinary research groups and community partners in the Tech Innovation Network (TIN). The TIN is a formalized network of diverse clinical, community, and research partners. The network includes over 100 organizations, including a range of settings that serve children and adolescents. Fellows will foster relationships with the community partners to conduct pilot studies or evaluations focused on risk factors for violence or building compassion.  

Fellows will have opportunities to publish and to apply for external funding sources. The primary objective of this fellowship is to prepare individuals for an academically-oriented career in fields relevant to the biological and/or environmental factors associated with violence and/or compassion.