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The Portable Mentor

Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology


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  • Offers concrete advice and instruction on all professional aspects of psychologists’ careers

  • Written by the field’s preeminent leaders in each area of professional competence

  • Includes helpful checklists, instructions, worksheets, and concrete tips to master every aspect of a career in psychology

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xl
  2. Applying to Graduate School

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Deciding to Apply and Successfully Gaining Admission to Graduate Schools in Psychology

      • Mitchell J. Prinstein, Sophie C. Choukas-Bradley, Karen Guan
      Pages 13-44
  3. Beginning Your Career

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 45-45
    2. The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Path in Applied Psychology

      • Steven C. Hayes, Nicholas M. Berens
      Pages 47-55
    3. Developing and Practicing Ethics

      • Kenneth S. Pope
      Pages 81-90
    4. Balancing Career and Family

      • Paula J. Caplan
      Pages 91-100
    5. Psychologist and Parent: Advice from Professionals in Different Career Tracks

      • Vicki DiLillo, Andrea Hussong, Barbara Kamholz, Elizabeth Richardson
      Pages 101-116
  4. Your Research/Academic Career

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. Writing a Literature Review

      • Roy F. Baumeister
      Pages 119-132
    3. Presenting Your Research

      • Lindsey L. Cohen, Laurie Greco, Sarah Martin
      Pages 133-143
    4. Publishing Your Research

      • Alan E. Kazdin
      Pages 145-161
    5. How to Write an Effective Journal Article Review

      • Dennis Drotar, Yelena P. Wu, Jennifer M. Rohan
      Pages 163-173
    6. Recommendations for Teaching Psychology

      • William C. Rando, Leonid Rozenblit
      Pages 175-189
  5. Your Career as a Practitioner

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 191-191
    2. Gaining Clinical Experience in and After Graduate School

      • Alan D. Katell, Marcy C. Adler
      Pages 193-202
    3. Training to Begin a Private Practice

      • Jeffrey E. Barnett, Elizabeth Musewicz
      Pages 203-214
    4. Navigating the Internship Application Process

      • Mitchell J. Prinstein
      Pages 215-225

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


  • Applied psychology
  • Career counseling
  • Career-family balance
  • Clinical supervision
  • Course syllabi
  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Dissertation
  • Early career
  • Ethnocultural
  • Graduate school
  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Information technology
  • Internship applications
  • Licensure
  • Mentoring
  • Meta-analytic reviews
  • Multicultural counseling
  • NIH grants
  • Narrative reviews
  • Null findings
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Private practice
  • Professional ethics
  • Report writing
  • Research
  • Scientist-practitioner model
  • Special certification
  • Student advocacy
  • Teaching psychology


From the reviews of the second edition:

“The Portable Mentor (2013) was well written and easy to understand for anyone with an undergraduate level of education. … this is certainly a resource I will point students to when they are considering a career in psychology. It would be a shame if it wasn’t available at your local library. If you are looking for a present for your high school student or graduate school student, this might be it!” (Courageous Psychology,, May, 2013)

Editors and Affiliations

  • , Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel H, Chapel Hill, USA

    Mitchell J. Prinstein

About the editor

Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D. is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Mitch’s research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury. He is the PI on several past and active grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, an editorial board member for several developmental psychopathology journals, and a member of the NIH Study Section on Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention. Mitch has received several national and university-based awards recognizing his contributions to research (American Psychological Association Society of Clinical Psychology Theodore Blau Early Career Award, Columbia University/Brickell Award for research on suicidality, APA Fellow of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), teaching (UNC Chapel Hill Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching), and professional development of graduate students (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Raymond D. Fowler Award).

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-3994-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)