The Portable Mentor

Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology

  • Mitchell J. Prinstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Applying to Graduate School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mitchell J. Prinstein, Sophie C. Choukas-Bradley, Karen Guan
      Pages 13-44
  3. Beginning Your Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Steven C. Hayes, Nicholas M. Berens
      Pages 47-55
    3. Kenneth S. Pope
      Pages 81-90
    4. Paula J. Caplan
      Pages 91-100
    5. Vicki DiLillo, Andrea Hussong, Barbara Kamholz, Elizabeth Richardson
      Pages 101-116
  4. Your Research/Academic Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Roy F. Baumeister
      Pages 119-132
    3. Lindsey L. Cohen, Laurie Greco, Sarah Martin
      Pages 133-143
    4. Alan E. Kazdin
      Pages 145-161
    5. Dennis Drotar, Yelena P. Wu, Jennifer M. Rohan
      Pages 163-173
    6. William C. Rando, Leonid Rozenblit
      Pages 175-189
  5. Your Career as a Practitioner

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Alan D. Katell, Marcy C. Adler
      Pages 193-202
    3. Jeffrey E. Barnett, Elizabeth Musewicz
      Pages 203-214
    4. Mitchell J. Prinstein
      Pages 215-225
    5. Corey J. Habben
      Pages 227-234
    6. Robert D. Hill, Ted Packard
      Pages 235-243
    7. Erica H. Wise, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft
      Pages 245-253
  6. Your Professional Service Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Daniel Dodgen, Raymond D. Fowler, Carol Williams-Nickelson
      Pages 257-267
    3. Christopher W. Loftis
      Pages 269-277
  7. Your Career After Graduate School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Amy F. Sato, Valerie Simon, Elissa Jelalian, Anthony Spirito
      Pages 303-317
    3. C. W. Lejuez, Elizabeth K. Reynolds, Will M. Aklin, Christopher Frueh
      Pages 319-331
    4. Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 333-342
    5. Jessica L. Kohout, William E. Pate II
      Pages 343-361
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 363-370

About this book


Written for students and early career psychologists, The Portable Mentor, Second Edition is a professional development handbook with practical guidelines and suggestions for mastering virtually every professional task encountered during the first decade of a career in psychology. Fully updated and expanded from the first edition this volume covers a wider range of topics and some completely new chapters featuring more detailed information on how and when to apply for graduate school.  Comprehensive in scope, but practical in use, The Portable Mentor offers the best possible training from the most successful leaders in psychology, combining the wisdom and mentorship of noted psychology experts into a single source.

Praise for the first edition:

"What a great idea for a book! Edited by two former chairs of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), this book covers, in a comprehensive fashion, everything about graduate school and career planning a psychologist in training usually learns by word-of-mouth! It's about time someone compiled this crucial information. Whether one is headed for a research or a clinical career, all of the practical steps to get there are included. And, "The Portable Mentor" is an apt description. Every graduate student and young professional will want to have this book readily available."
- David H. Barlow, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Clinical Programs, and Director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University
"Prinstein and Patterson have recruited a veritable who's who of psychology to provide us a well-written, scholarly, and comprehensive guide to a successful career in psychology. The volume is filled with critical commentary and issues confronting clinical psychology and with practical and well-reasoned advice on how to negotiate many of the muddy and troubled waters that characterize our field of study in the new millennium. I wish I'd had such a book in my "back pocket" upon my graduation some years ago!"
- Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"In diverse chapters by active and leading experts, "The Portable Mentor" provides insightful commentaries and bullet-lists of ideas to facilitate early career advancement in psychology. Want to review a research literature, arrange a positive teaching experience, navigate a dissertation? Or perhaps your questions concern practica, internship, licensure, private practice, or board certification or ethics, or being active in service organizations, or even balancing a career and a family. For any and all, and more, "The Portable Mentor" provides pathways to a productive early career. And for those already into their career, advice on how to be a good mentor to our future. Indeed, for psychologists at countless points in their careers, "The Portable Mentor" is a very worthwhile read."
- Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mitchell J. Prinstein
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HChapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3993-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3994-3
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