The Fantastic Four: Meet Matt Kridel’s Mentors


Matt is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Matt and his fellow scholars here.

That’s right, I have not one, not two, but THREE mentors, and all of them bring unique experiences and knowledge to my project. Let me introduce you to them!

matt mentor 1Dr. Daniel Eisenberg is the first of my national mentors. An associate professor at the University of Michigan, he is also the creator of The Healthy Minds Network, where my data is coming from. Dr. Eisenberg is also one of the leading researchers in college student mental health, and frequently cited in the introduction for my project. He’s also previously been a mentor for the Emerging Scholars Program before, and I feel very lucky to have him assisting me!

matt mentor 2Sarah Lipson is my second national mentor, and also a student of Dr. Eisenberg! She is completing her PhD in both public health and education at the University of Michigan and helps to run the Healthy Minds Network. I first got to meet Sarah when she was a presenter at the 2015 Active Minds National Conference and we had wonderful discussions about research and grad school. Not only has Sarah served as a mentor for the Emerging Scholars Program, but she’s an alumna of the 2012 cohort!

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Alfred Delena’s Mentor


Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Hello… It’s me.

In honor of Leap Day…

I wanted to LEAP forward and tell you about two members of an incredible team of mentors and advisors that I am so grateful to be working with.

It is a true honor to have Corey Keyes as my national mentor. Dr. Keyes is a Professor of Sociology and holds the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship at Emory University. He is a pioneering researcher in the field of positive psychology or the scientific study of CKEYEShuman strength, potential, and flourishing. Stemming from the time of the ancient Greeks, Dr. Keyes’ research has focused on this concept of flourishing—the presence and symptomatology of psychological, social, and emotional well-being. Furthermore, his work highlights the “two continua model” of mental health and mental illness. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: 5 Tips for Getting the Word Out


calvin and hobbsGraduate 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:

  1. 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

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: The Joys of True Mentorship


ade and advisorSometimes in life, you meet people who completely change your professional and career trajectory. That moment happened for me in the fall of 2012 when I met Dr. Renata Sanders.

I had just graduated from college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to have a career in research but was clueless as to what subject area to focus on and the type of role I would have in such a position.

After hours of reading countless bios of researchers and investigators at Hopkins, I came upon Dr. Sander’s profile. She was someone who looked like me, had also gone to Hopkins for undergrad and was doing innovative work in the field of LGBT health. I knew there and then I had found someone I would love to work with. Now, I just had to convince her of my wild idea.

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Meet Jessica’s Mentor: Kaja Perina


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.

kaja perina

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

Meet Mary’s Mentor: Dr. Valerie Earnshaw


EarnshawI’m very excited today to introduce you to my national mentor, Valerie Earnshaw, Ph.D.

Dr. Earnshaw is Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Scientific Researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Her research focuses on how stigma relates to health outcomes and disparities across the lifespan, and what moderates these associations in protective ways. Continue Reading