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This year, Division 5 will be launching a mentoring program at the American Psychological Association Convention in August 2022. The primary goal is to connect Division 5 members who are students or early career scholars with more advanced methods scholars, offering curated opportunities to meet and discuss developing a sustainable research agenda and ways to collaborate on concrete projects, with the hopes of connecting and deepening relationships with Division 5 members.

The event will involve:

  • Preparation activities in the lead up to the convention.

  • Programming time during the convention to engage with mentors and the exchange of ideas around mentees’ projects and areas of interest.

  • Off-site social and networking event for the mentors and mentees during the convention, paid for by Division 5.

In line with the APA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework and Division leadership’s commitment to having an accessible, equitable, and inclusive Division 5, we especially want to encourage those who identify with historically marginalized/underrepresented groups in psychology to consider applying, as well as those across all sections of Division 5.

Key Aspects

  1. Event will provide a chance for students and early career psychologists (i.e, graduated no more than 5 years ago) to connect with experienced scholars for mentorship in formal and informal contexts.

  2. Every attempt will be made to match mentees with mentors based on research interests and conferences attendance intentions (i.e., in-person or virtual).

Mentor Expectations

  • Meet with 1-3 assigned mentees for 45 minutes during the conference.

  • Work with mentee to create a plan for next steps after the conference (e.g., analyses to perform, papers to read, topics to learn).

Mentee Expectations

  • Attend the conference (virtually or in-person) and meet with a mentor to discuss research agenda and ask career questions.

  • Come prepared with specific questions for their assigned mentor and be prepared to lead the discussion.

  • Work with mentor to create a follow-up plan and communicate this with program organizers via follow-up survey.

Optional Engagement for Mentees and Mentors

  • Connect prior to conference to optimize engagement during the events.

  • Attend an informal event off-site during the conference.

For questions, contact mentoring program organizers Gabriel Velez, PhD and Josh Langfus.

Interested and want to apply? The application can be accessed here.

Date created: April 2022