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!

matt advisorDr. Ryon McDermott is my advisor for my PhD program and also my On-Campus Advisor. He was a big reason for my coming to South Alabama to study psychology and he’s been incredibly supportive in my pursuit of studying Active Minds. And as if there weren’t enough connections already, Dr. McDermott also completed his post-doc at the University of Michigan! When he’s not busy helping me with my project, he’s playing dad to his newborn son.

As I said before, I feel incredibly lucky to have these incredible mentors, researchers, and supporters of Active Minds helping me with my project. I look forward to all of us meeting together, in person, in June and hopefully continuing our work together for many years to come!

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