Psychology Summer Institute Features

Annual Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) groupThe MFP hosts its Annual Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. PSI provides mentoring, educational, and professional development experiences for advanced predoctoral graduate students and early career psychologists, thereby advancing them in the development of tangible projects and career advancement.

Applicants submit concept papers detailing their ideas for projects related to ethnic minority mental health research or psychological services. These papers demonstrate the significance of the problem they are addressing, goals and objectives, methodology and procedures, a budget, and ideas for evaluation and analysis.

Joining these participants are early career psychologists from ethnic minority serving institutions who are awarded a small research/training grant toward reducing health disparities. The Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions Grant (ProDIGS) is administered through the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA). One additional participant joins us from the Society for Psychological Study on Social Issues (SPSSI).

Participants benefit from one-on-one mentoring with established psychologists and mental health professionals focusing on the research and provision of services related to ethnic minority populations. Throughout the course of the Psychology Summer Institute, participants are challenged to revise their concept papers and return to their mentors for additional feedback.

PSI participantsCareer development workshops and seminars are also provided. Participants expand their skills and knowledge base in areas such as grant writing, cultural competence, publishing, presentation skills, advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and funding opportunities. 

The responses from many our participants are highlighted by the following comment regarding professional development. “Being able to stay connected with some of the program faculty and participants has been invaluable to me. I continue to obtain mentorship from the some of the faculty from the program, and am also collaborating on a project with one of the participants from my year.”