Jessica Harvath-Hilgeman is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri. Her most recent blog post, Making Insomnia a Superpower, uses personal narrative to present academic research. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaHarvHil and on Facebook.
In honor of Active Minds’ suicide prevention mission, Kelly Sheline, doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Colorado State University and suicide researcher, contributed to Jessica’s blog. Not sure how to talk to a loved one who may be thinking about suicide? Check out her post.
Graduate students and professors in psychology are trained the scientific process. Over the course of months and years, researchers add small bits of data to our knowledge of what helps people thrive. We discuss statistically significant results and debate findings among ourselves at conferences and in peer-reviewed academic journals.Of course, everyone can benefit from psychological science, and professional conferences and academic journals are not accessible unless you happen to have or be working toward a graduate degree in psychology. Here’s what I have learned so far about how scientists (or professionals in any field) can translate their work for a broader audience:
- Work with someone who knows what they’re doing. (AKA find a good mentor.) Many of the tidbits I’m going to share here come from my Active Minds mentor, Kaja Perina. She has been extremely generous with useful information and advice—the action items she has shared are indispensable. If you don’t have a mentor, find one. Continue Reading
When I applied for the Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, I created a list of possible mentors in the world of science publishing. In my training and in professional development workshops, I learned a simple truth: If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
I studied the masthead of Psychology Today and Scientific American; I named my favorite behavioral science authors. I did not actually believe anyone listed would have time or energy to invest mentoring someone who had never published. But…if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
I am thrilled to announce that my National Mentor is the woman at the top of my won’t-get-but-gotta-ask list, Kaja Perina, Editor-in-Chief for Psychology Today. In addition to her regular contributions in PT, Ms. Perina’s work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing series. (Check her out on Twitter: @KajaPerina). Continue Reading
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My name is Jessica Harvath-Hilgeman and I am thrilled to have been selected as an Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellow. I am a St. Louis, Missouri native, and am currently a doctoral candidate in the counseling psychology program at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I plan to defend my dissertation this spring and begin my doctoral internship in summer—barring bumps in the road, I will graduate in August, 2016.
For my project, I am working on a series of creative non-fiction scientific essays in order to present psychological concepts —specifically, those associated with the connection between brain, body, and behavior — in order to reduce stigma surrounding mental health concerns and therapy. Continue Reading