The Cyber Mentors program, part of the American Psychological Association's Public Interest Directorate, has been awarded a grant renewal from the National Institute of Mental Health to train its fourth cohort of protégés. The Cyber Mentors is an innovative research-mentoring program that prepares promising researchers who have not yet received R01 level funding to develop successful independent careers in HIV/AIDS research. Cyber Mentors matches emerging scholars with a volunteer from a national cadre of senior scientists who are leaders in HIV/AIDS research. The program also uses state of the art distance learning technologies to prepare protégés to submit a high quality National Institutes of Health grant application, to facilitate professional relationships with senior HIV/AIDS scientists, and to support their research and mentoring efforts. The program assists the protégés to develop their capacity for a successful career in HIV/AIDS research; refine their technical knowledge, strengthen skills required to design and implement high quality research; and develop skills to write and submit a successful grant. 

The fourth cohort of protégés includes:

  • Jennifer Brown, PhD – Texas Tech University
  • Jason Gines, PhD – Pennsylvania State University
  • Sara Glick, PhD – The George Washington University
  • Mandy Hill, PhD – University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Chisina Kapungu, PhD – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tiarney Ritchwood, PhD – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Aisha Rousseau, PhD – University of Arizona
  • Gina Signoracci, PhD – Denver VA Medical Center
  • Traci Weinstein, PhD – Wayne State University
  • Terrinieka Williams, PhD – Johns Hopkins University
  • Lekeisha Sumner, PhD – Alliant International University-Los Angeles
  • Julie Zuniga, PhD – Emory University