Mentor Model

Consistent with our philosophy of multi-level and cross-disciplinary work, our mentorship model is one in which students have a primary advisor within the Clinical Science Program, but are encouraged to work with a range of faculty across clinical science and related disciplines. 

Although the research training is done primarily through an apprenticeship with the primary mentor, the full clinical science faculty are actively involved in the overall student training through coursework, clinical practica, evaluation of students, and intellectual activities (e.g., colloquia series including the Clinical Science Forum). Thus, students are exposed to the multiple perspectives, training, and expertise of the full clinical science faculty. We believe that this mentorship model facilitates flexibility in methods and theory, provides the best approach for fostering positive mentor-mentee relationships, and develops research scientists who have a breadth and depth of training in the clinical science field.

In addition to working with a primary, clinical science faculty mentor, all of our graduate students have secondary mentors or thesis committee members from outside of the clinical science area. These secondary mentors come from diverse programs including ecological/community psychology, social/personality psychology, organizational psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. The diversity of secondary mentors parallels the diversity of collaborations within our program (see Principles and Values). This diversity is an explicit expression of our clinical science orientation and focus on multi-level work, as our faculty recognize the need for interdisciplinary collaborations in order to conduct state-of-the-science research and remain competitive for top journals and extramural grant funding. Graduate students freely choose secondary research mentors and committee members in collaboration with their primary mentor. This selection is typically based upon fit with the graduate student’s research topic and need for additional training/expertise in diverse areas of science. Please find below an example list of secondary mentors/committee members, with links to their faculty web pages.

Secondary Research MentorDiscipline
Mark BeckerCognitive Science
Marc BreedloveNeuroscience
Thomas CarrCognitive Science
William Davidson Ecological/Community Psychology
Rick De ShonOrganizational Psychology
Emily DurbinSocial/Personality Psychology
Zach HambrickCognitive Science
Deborah KashySocial/Personality Psychology
Frederick LeongOrganizational Psychology
Taosheng LiuCognitive Science
Joseph LonsteinNeuroscience
Rich LucasSocial/Personality Psychology
Jenna NealEcological/Community Psychology
Matthew PontifexKinesiology
Cheryl SiskNeuroscience