ECP Corner

Updates on early career psychology activity

Highlights of the ECP Mentoring Symposium at the 2012 APA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

By Amy Damashek

Hello ECPs! This past August we held our first, and very successful, ECP Mentoring Symposium at the APA convention in Orlando. We heard from four panelists who discussed ways to be successful in a variety of career paths. There were more than 40 students and ECP’s in attendance! Marc Atkins (Div. 53), of the University of Illinois – Chicago, spoke about academic careers. Samuel Gontkovsky (Div. 12), Director of Neuropsychology for Memory Therapeutics in Palo Alto, spoke about ways to set up a private practice. Paul Robins (Div. 54), from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed issues related to working in hospital medical settings. Finally, Diane Hall, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), presented information about career opportunities at the CDC. If you missed this event, stay tuned for another one next year in Hawaii! Also, some of our presenters have graciously agreed to turn their presentations into columns for our ECP advice column

We also held our second Div. 37 ECP social hour at the Funky Monkey. Lots of networking occurred, and a fun time was had by all! Look for advertisements for next year’s social hour in Honolulu!

As you can see, we are continuing with our ECP advice column. This issue features a recap of Dr. Gontkovsky’s presentation from our ECP mentoring symposium. We are in need of more ECP questions for the column, so if you have a question you would like to ask, please send it to Amy Amy Damashek. I look forward to hearing from you! Also, if you’re interested in becoming active in the ECP Committee or being on our Div. 37 ECP email list, please contact me.

Finally, if you’re interested in subscribing to the Div. 37’s ECP resource sharing database, send an email. The database includes information about other Div. 37 ECPs, sample copies of course syllabi, and other documents relevant to ECPs. We are still in need of more material, so please send items (e.g., copies of course syllabi, funded grant proposals, clinical consent templates) to Miranda Gilmore.