Fourteen APA Minority Fellows and five APA grant recipients studying health disparities received mentoring and career advice at the second annual Psychology Summer Institute, July 17-21.
For example, representatives from agencies such as the National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offered them one-on-one mentoring on their projects and tips on writing strong federal grant proposals, getting published and other areas related to research and service delivery.
The annual event--directed by the Minority Fellowship Program and the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs and sponsored by participating agencies and the APA Science Directorate--brings together ethnic-minority doctoral students and early-career psychologists to network with each other and with established psychologists. Among the leading psychologists at this year's event were Nancy E. Hill, PhD, associate editor of Child Development and an associate psychology professor at Duke University, and APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD.
During the keynote address, Anderson detailed his unconventional career and emphasized the importance of seeking nontraditional opportunities.
"There are many places a psychologist can work now," said Anderson. "You are no longer limited to a [university] psychology department."
In particular, Anderson suggested the students consider taking positions in both psychology departments and medical schools--as he did. Medical schools may be an especially good choice for students who would like to focus on research and take a break from the demands of teaching, he said.
For participants planning academic tenure-track careers, Anderson recommended they carefully manage their time, setting aside hours for thinking and writing. This is especially important for ethnic-minority faculty, he said.
"Most of the departments you find yourself in, you will be the only ethnic-minority faculty member," he said. "Your mentoring demand will go up, ethnic-minority students will naturally flock to you. Mentoring is part of our role as pioneers and trailblazers...but you have to make sure you have the time to do your primary work."
The deadline to apply for a 2005 Minority Fellowship is Jan. 15. For more information, visit www.apa.org/mfp.