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).