Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 271–280

Women Psychologists within Academic Health Systems: Mentorship and Career Advancement


  • Cheryl A. King
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Michigan Medical School
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Michigan Medical School
  • Barbara Cubic
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEastern Virginia Medical School

DOI: 10.1007/s10880-005-5746-3

Cite this article as:
King, C.A. & Cubic, B. J Clin Psychol Med Settings (2005) 12: 271. doi:10.1007/s10880-005-5746-3


Women are underrepresented on the faculties and within the senior leadership ranks of academic health systems. Nevertheless, despite the continuing existence of career development challenges related to gender, it is possible for women to thrive professionally in these settings. Mentorship is extremely important, and it is argued that effective mentorship is facilitated by an understanding of both gender differences in social behaviors and the culture of academic health systems. Furthermore, a systems’ level emphasis on faculty diversity and the career development of women faculty is recommended.

Key words

mentorshipunder-representation of womengender differencesacademic health centers

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