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The Resource Development Committee develops tools and resources for the postdoctoral community including content and publications on the NPA website.

Are you interested in resources for international postdocs and efforts towards diversity? Do you want to gain experience in writing and editing or website development? Are you interested in communicating with the membership of the NPA about important policies, articles and initiatives? The Resource Development Committee interfaces with many of the NPA’s committees, goals, and projects as it provides relevant information and resources to the postdoc population. This committee can provide you with many chances to be effective in postdoc affairs while adding to your own skill set.


  • Develop, maintain, and update all website content and resources, in collaboration with all committees and staff as appropriate.
  • Develop resource materials for the postdoctoral community, in collaboration with all committees.
  • Serve as a resource for postdoc offices and associations, including coordination of the team visit program with NPA staff and Outreach Committee.
  • Create and implement NPA-sponsored surveys, in consultation with staff.
  • Consult with all committees to facilitate resource development.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meet Our Resource Development Committee Leaders

  Chantelle Ferland, Ph.D.
Resource Development Co-Chair
Chantelle Ferland, Ph.D., earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology from Tulane University in 2007, and her doctoral degree in neuroscience from Tulane University in 2011. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she accepted a postdoctoral position in the Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (T32) from the National Institute of Drug Addiction under the mentorship of Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D. Her current areas of research include investigating the role of the endogenous oxytocin system in methamphetamine addiction in a preclinical model of post-traumatic stress disorder. While at the MUSC, she has become actively involved in MUSC’s postdoctoral association, and is the postdoc member at-large on the Postdoctoral Affairs Advisory Committee. In addition to her professional activities, she is involved in several non-profit outreach organizations in her community and is an accomplished Ironman triathlete and marathoner. 


Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.
Resource Development Co-Chair

Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D., was appointed as director of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at Boston University in February 2015. She is responsible for providing services and programming for all postdoctoral scholars at Boston University, capturing and reporting postdoctoral data, as well as supporting the development of university policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. 

Prior to joining Boston University, Hokanson was U.S. Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Boston University, and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her graduate research was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and she completed a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the department of chemistry and chemical biology. She received an Executive Education Certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2014.


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