Early Career Psychologists

Career development, financial planning, work/life balance, funding and grants for psychologists just beginning their careers, courtesy of Div. 49.


Committee Participation

Interested in becoming active in the Society? Refer to our list of committees. Committee participation is an excellent way to become connected to a vibrant group of people who are passionate about groups.

The Group Psychologist

If you would like to become a guest editor, write reviews, edit a regular column or become involved in The Group Psychologist in other ways, please contact the editor, Thomas Treadwell or the associate editor, Leann Diederich.

Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice

If you would like to become a reviewer for the journal, please contact the editor, David Marcus.


The society sponsors a number of awards, including the Dissertation of the Year Award. There are a number of funding opportunities available for early career psychologists, for instance, the Pearson Early Career Grant.

Teaching Resources

Association for Specialists in Group Work

  • Suggests training videos
  • Suggests books
  • Principles for diversity (Diversity topics)
  • Best practices
  • Training standards

American Group Psychotherapy Association

Chronicle of Higher Education: Advice

  • Advice on research, teaching, academic culture, etc.
  • Forums for discussions of academic career issues
  • Sample syllabi

Research Resources

Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice

This journal publishes original empirical articles, theoretical analyses, literature reviews and brief reports dealing with basic and applied topics in the field of group research and application. The editors construe the phrase group dynamics in the broadest sense—the scientific study of all aspects of groups—and publish work by investigators in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education, communication, and business.

American Group Psychotherapy Association

  • The Group Circle newsletter published four times a year
    Research reports
  • Information on the Outcome Questionnaire measures
  • Group Psychotherapy Foundation
    Offers a research grant

APA Early Career Psychologists: Grants and Funding

  • National Health Service Corp
  • Awards through APA Science Directorate
  • Information on APA and APF (American Psychological Foundation) funding
  • Magazine articles on grant funding (sources, tips, etc.)

Federal funding for research (NIH, NSF, etc.)

Data Management Plan Tool
Online tool providing help with the preparation of Data Management Plans for federal grants

University of Tennessee Office of Research: Grant Seeker's Toolkit
Articles, guides and manuals for writing grants

Community of Science
Provides help finding general funding opportunities

Foundation Center
Provides help finding funding opportunities from foundations


APA Career Development: Academic Careers

  • Discussion of postdoctoral work
  • CV dos and don'ts
  • Interview tips
  • Salary information for faculty in psychology


Work-Life Balance

APA Early Career Psychologists

  • Financial planning
  • Financial realities for psychology doctorates
  • Debt management
  • Loan repayment through National Health Service Corps
  • Handouts on work-life balance

Self Care

Clinical Practice

Practice Guidelines
Recommended Readings
  • Yalom, I. D. & Leszcz, M. (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. (5th ed.). New York: Basic Books.
  • DeLucia-Waack, Gerrity, D. A., Kalodner, C. R., & Riva, M. T. (Eds.) (2003). Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Conyne, R. K. (Ed.) (2011). The Oxford handbook of group counseling. New York: Oxford University Press.