Mentoring Partnerships for Minority Faculty and Graduate Students in Mental Health Services Research
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The authors developed mentorship programs to train minority junior faculty and advanced graduate students in mental health services research.
The programs target “mentees” in the Southwest United States and offer long-term mentoring, seminars, group supervision seed funding for peer reviewed research proposals peer interaction, and weeklong institutes that feature presentations and mentoring by recognized experts.
Evaluations suggest that these programs have influenced participants’ career development. Most mentees have continued to evolve in their research careers, submitted research grant applications, and obtained postdoctoral fellowships, and/or have advanced in faculty positions. Some mentees have expressed an opinion that without the support network that these programs provided, they would have abandoned their academic careers.
Future training efforts should take into account a series of challenges and tensions that affect mentees’ careers and personal lives, including the emotional legacy of discrimination and historical trauma.
- Mentoring Partnerships for Minority Faculty and Graduate Students in Mental Health Services Research
Volume 30, Issue 3 , pp 205-217
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- 1. Departments of Sociology and of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
- 2. Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, 2400 Tucker Avenue N.E., MSC09 5030, Albuquerque, NM, 87131, USA
- 3. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
- 4. Department of Family and Community Medicine and Masters in Public Health Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA