Degree In Sight
For most people, Twitter isn't about broadcasting what you ate for lunch — it's for gathering news, skimming what people are buzzing about and having real-time chats with far-flung folks. For psychology graduate students, Twitter can also be a great place to hunt for jobs, follow psychology news, read up on new studies and even get career advice.
"Twitter has morphed into experts online," says psychologist Michael Britt, PhD, a Twitter regular (@mbritt) who develops e-learning software at Pearson. "You can follow some real thought leaders of psychology on there."
Still, Twitter is massive: The directory Wefollow.com lists more than 1,200 psychology-related accounts. To help you choose the best folks to follow, gradPSYCH asked Britt and other psychologists to share their top picks:
@psychcentral: The Twitter handle for the mental health news website Psych Central is run by psychologist John Grohol, PsyD. "I always appreciate how he compiles and reviews current mental health research without all of the jargon for both consumers and clinicians," says Keely Kolmes, PsyD (@drkkolmes), a psychologist in San Francisco who posts mental health tweets and has more than 20,000 followers.
@linksforshrinks: "This is a great hub for therapists looking to network," says Kolmes. "They also post and re-tweet a lot of great mental health information."
@researchdigest: The posts at this account are written by Christian Jarrett, editor of the British Psychological Society Research Digest Blog. "A great source for psychology research, especially for what's going on in the United Kingdom," says APA's David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA (@DrDavidBallard), who tweets on health-care news and business and technology information for clinicians.
@psychjobs: A job postings feed that is a must-follow if you're looking for a position in personality or social psychology, says Britt.
@DrStephSmith: Stephanie Smith, PsyD, APA's Public Education Campaign coordinator for the Colorado Psychological Association, tweets mental health news. "Stephanie posts from a practitioner's perspective with an emphasis on public education and sharing psychology's expertise with the community," says Ballard.
@DrKathleenYoung: Chicago practitioner Kathleen Young, PsyD, tweets about treating trauma, such as child abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. While many popular tweeters just broadcast news and don't talk with people who follow them, Young answers questions, Kolmes says. "She's a very generous and friendly professional who loves to engage other tweeters," says Kolmes.
APA also has a strong presence on Twitter, with six feeds:
@APAconvention: A great source for convention travel discounts, registration information and special events at APA's Annual Convention.
@APAGradStudents: Offers news, funding opportunities and advocacy updates for psychology grad students.
@APAHelpCenter: Features psychology news, links to mental health blogs and more.
@APAPsycNET: Shares new study findings, tips for streamlining research searches and upcoming webinars on using APA's research databases.
@APA_Style: This Twitter companion to the APA's Publications Manual offers style and citation tips, such as how to cite an e-mail in a research paper.
@PHWP_online: APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program posts news and resources on employee health and well-being.