Whitlock named BCTR associate director

portrait of Janis Whitlock

Janis Whitlock

BCTR researcher Janis Whitlock accepted a new position this summer as the center’s associate director for teaching and training.

Whitlock’s research focuses on using social media to detect and treat mental health problems, understanding self-injury and reducing sexual violence among young people. She is the director of the Cornell Project on Self-Injury and Recovery and she advises and mentors more than a dozen students each year.

BCTR Director Christopher Wildeman said Whitlock’s focus on teaching and training will benefit the center.

“I simply cannot imagine anyone who could lead us in that direction better than Janis, and so I am very much looking forward to seeing where we go under her leadership,” he said.

In Whitlock’s new position, she will support and advance BCTR’s role in providing educational opportunities that help researchers, students and the broader community understand the reciprocal relationship between social science and on-the-ground policy and practice. This includes continuing BCTR popular talk series, providing training forums for researchers within and outside of Cornell and teaching and mentoring students in areas related to translational research.

“I am delighted that I was offered this opportunity to support a central value inherent in the mission of the BCTR, College of Human Ecology, and Cornell as a whole: fortifying links between science, policy and practice in service of human development and wellbeing,” Whitlock said. “Deepening BCTR activity in this area and advancing collaboration with translation-minded programs and individuals on campus is something I’m very excited about.”