This past August, the APLS Student Committee sponsored a panel on mentorship in academia in order to educate both professionals about how to be most effective in their roles as mentors and students about how to most effectively utilize that relationship. The Student Committee’s Past-Chair, Meghann Galloway, coordinated this panel.
The first panelist, who spoke about the properties of a good mentor, was Dr. Kirk Heilbrun from Drexel University. Dr. Heilbrun received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in law and psychology at Florida State University. He is a full Professor of Psychology at Drexel, where he has a research lab composed of Masters, Ph.D., and J.D./Ph.D. students. In addition to mentoring his research lab students, he supervises students in his Forensic Assessment Clinic and a re-entry clinic run through the Drexel Psychological Services Center.
The second panelist, who spoke about properties of a good mentee, was Dr. Edie Greene. Dr. Greene is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), Director of the Graduate Concentration in Psychology and Law, and Director of the Psychology Honors Program. She received a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University, an M.A. in experimental psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Ph.D. in psychology and law from the University of Washington. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society.
The final panelist, who spoke about adapting to mentorship in new environments, was Dr. Kento Yasuhara. Dr. Yasuhara was mentored by Dr. Heilbrun while he completed his Ph.D. at Drexel University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Haven, where he advises undergraduate students.
Properties of a good mentor (Dr. Kirk Heilbrun):
Properties of being a good mentee (Dr. Edie Greene)
Adapting to mentorship in a new environment (Dr. Kento Yasuhara)
More resources on mentorship in graduate school:
http://www.apls-students.org/mentorship.html - APLS Student Committee resource with FAQs answered by our mentors and a list of professional mentors who are available to answer questions
http://www.apa.org/education/grad/intro-mentoring.pdf - a free guide published by APA describing mentoring styles and tips for a fruitful relationship
http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4313082.aspx - a book related to pursuing mentoring in graduate school
About the Editor:
The American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychology Association) Student Committee is composed of elected student leaders representing the interests of our student members.