Get Matched! Section 10 Mentorship Program Update
Rachel Hershenberg, Ph.D.
We are very excited to boast about our new mentorship program. Our goal is to connect graduate students (mentees) with specifically matched early career professional mentors (up to 7 years out of graduate school).
We have designed our program so that mentor responsibilities will be reasonable within their inevitable time constraints – top priorities include connecting with their mentee over email, setting up a time to speak on the phone, answering specific questions they have, helping them network if relevant, sharing relevant materials, and meeting at the APA conference (if both mentor and mentee attend). For mentors, we intend for this to be a great opportunity to bolster their CV while mentoring a student with related interests and goals.
For mentees, we hope that this will be a great way to connect to someone in the field who will be accessible and able to provide personalized and specific mentorship on areas of interest or concern.
So far, our program is making great headway! Section 10 mentees differ in the extent to which they want mentorship on research, clinical areas of interest, or professional development. For example, we matched 1 pair, both serious clinical researchers, based on their overlapping interests in information processing biases in depression. Another pair we matched based on the specific clinical goals of the mentee, placing her with a mentor who works in private practice and specializes in family and couples therapy. Another example is the pair we matched based on geography, since the mentee was looking for someone who could advise on taking the EPPP and meeting state-level licensing requirements in Michigan.
We are thrilled to be providing this mentorship program to our Section 10 members. Please email Rachel Hershenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee. We’d love to hear from you and get you matched.