15 Mar 2017

Mentoring Opportunities at APA

Mentoring Opportunities at APA

Mentorship is mutually beneficial. Mentees enjoy the advantage of their mentors’ experience, support and encouragement, and mentors may experience an increase in research productivity and enhanced professional recognition as a result of mentoring. Mentees, specifically doctoral students in the psychology field, benefit from mentorship through the development of professional skills, scholarly productivity, enhanced networking, and increased dissertation success.[1] Realizing the importance of mentorships, APA has taken the position on mentoring that all emerging psychologists deserve quality mentorships that facilitate leadership development.[2]

Listed below are several mentoring opportunities for career development and research experience offered by APA:

Disability Mentoring Program

In an effort to increase the success of underrepresented groups in graduate school and entering professions, the Office on Disability Issues in Psychology offers a mentoring program that supports psychology students with disabilities, early career psychologists with disabilities, and psychologists who develop disabilities. The yearlong program provides these students and psychologists with the opportunity to learn from experienced psychologists with disabilities. The application process for the 2017–18 term begins on Aug. 15, 2017.

LBGT Graduate Student Mentoring Program

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APAGS-CSOGD) offers a yearlong mentoring program from September through August for LGBT graduate students in psychology to be mentored by colleagues who share similar interests, experiences and goals.

Mentors and mentees meet at least six times throughout the program, in person or remotely. Psychology professionals and graduate students who have completed at least three years of psychology may serve as mentors.

Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Professional Development Service Program

This program provides graduate students and early career faculty with career-related assistance by matching them with mentors who share their interests. Mentors are fellows of STP and have at least seven years of teaching experience.

Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology Special Task Group on Mentoring International Students

As a response to the increase in the number of international students in counseling psychology programs and the various challenges, such as language barriers, that these students face, APA formed a task group to provide them with support.

The task group provides an opportunity for international students to become involved in Div. 17 and to connect with other international professionals in the field. The mentoring program enables international graduate students to participate in professional development.

Division 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology Mentoring Program

Mentees gain the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other industry and academic professionals in a variety of areas, including deciding which graduate courses are appropriate with their future goals, preparing for a board certification, or securing funding for research programs. The mentorship chair of the Division collects applications and assigns mentors.

Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race Mentoring Program

This Division's mentoring steering committee connects graduate students who are future practitioners, researchers and scholars with a diverse collection of professional and academic APA members for mentorship.

The mentorship program is dedicated to increasing access for diverse students in professional and academic fields and has matched over 40 students with long-term mentors.

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Psychology Summer Institute (PSI)

Each summer, MFP runs the Psychology Summer Institute at APA, which provides travel support, mentoring, professional development, and networking for 20 advanced doctoral and early career fellows per year via a one-week intensive training. PSI receives partial support from the SAMHSA Fellowship grants.

Participants receive one-on-one mentoring and help with developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority communities.

This year’s PSI will be held July 9–15, 2017.

Cyber Mentors

Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Cyber Mentors prepares social scientists for research careers that examine health disparities among populations, matching early career scientists with mentors who are leaders in the field. Mentees receive one-on-one mentoring that includes career development and research application draft assistance.

APA’s Minority Fellowship Program

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship

With grant support of $793,978 per year from SAMHSA, APA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) offers the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship, which provides financial support, mentoring, and professional development for 24 doctoral fellows and one postdoctoral fellow per year. MFP additionally supports nine Training Advisory Committee members focused on doctoral and postdoctoral training.

Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship

With grant support of $532,000 per year from SAMHSA, the MFP also offers the STAY Fellowship, which provides financial support, mentoring and professional development for up to 40 master’s fellows per year.  MFP also supports nine Training Advisory Committee members focused on training master’s-level practitioners to work with youth.


[1] Johnson, W.B. The Intentional Mentor: Strategies and Guidelines for the Practice of Mentoring. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2002, Vol. 33, No. 1, 88–96.

[2] http://www.apa.org/apags/issues/mentoring-position-statement.aspx

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