Updates on Early Career Psychology Activity

Events for ECPs abound at APA Convention.

By Amy Damashek

Dear Div. 37 Early Career Psychologists,

Happy summer! We hope to see you at the APA Convention this year in Hawai'i! We have some great activities planned for this convention. Please look for our ECP meet-up table at the division's social hour on Friday, August 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resorts, Rainbow Suites I and II. We'll have some of our active ECPs there to greet you, and if there's interest we can continue the fun at a local hang-out after the social hour. What a great opportunity to network with your fellow ECPers.

We've also got a great ECP mentoring symposium lined up for you this year. We'll have four speakers who will discuss how to succeed in academia, hospital settings, government agencies and private practice. Our speakers include Sue Sheridan from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sharon Berry from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Vesna Kutelsic from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and Samuel Gontkovsky from Dementia Therapeutics, Palo Alto. The mentoring symposium will take place on Saturday, August 3, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Room 303B of the Convention Center.

You might take a moment to check out our ECP advice column this month regarding how to set up your own job in which you can do both research and clinical work. Thanks to Abbey Eisenhower who put the column together this month, and thanks to our excellent column contributors, Melissa DeRosier and Diane Willis. We're always looking for ECP questions for future columns, so if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please send your questions to me.

In addition, if you're looking for a way to become involved with Div. 37, we're looking to find some new members for our ECP Committee. Being on the committee is an excellent way to network with other ECPs who have similar interests. We “meet” via conference call bimonthly. If you're interested in becoming involved, or have questions about it, please email me[Amy.Damashek@wmich.edu].

Finally, if you'd like to be added to our Div. 37 ECP email list, please contact me. Subscribe by email to the Div. 37's ECP resource sharing database. The database includes information about other Div.37 ECPs, sample copies of course syllabi and other documents relevant to ECPs.