Category: Education, Training, and Supervision - Graduate / Undergraduate/ Postdoctoral

Research and Professional Development

Research and Professional Development 4 - The Personal Is Political: Mentoring Women Through Career Phases

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom O & P, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Career Development | Professional Development | Supervision
Presentation Type: Research and Professional Development

Mentorship is a key aspect of professional development, and has implications for professional identity, satisfaction, career path, and success (e.g., Green & Hawley, 2009; Levine et al., 2013; Russell & Horne, 2009). Recent demographic trends indicate that mental health field has become increasingly “feminized”. Yet, women across stages of professional development in these careers still often lack mentorship in areas that are particularly relevant to their gender (for example, negotiating salary, asserting oneself with confidence, negotiating family leave).  It is notable that women continue to have fewer professional role models than their male counterparts, and that their mentors are more likely to be male (Green & Hawley, 2009). When other characteristics, such as ethnicity or sexual orientation/identity, are considered, opportunities for mentorship often diminish further. Although mentors don’t have to match mentee demographic variables, awareness and understanding of the potential strengths and vulnerabilities associated with individual differences is crucial (Levine et al., 2013). Beyond the influences of factors such as gender and culture on women’s (and men’s) values, priorities, and behavior, are widespread differences in others’ expectations in this regard for professional women. These relate to implicit bias and stigma, as well as experiences of discrimination; issues that may be made more or less salient, depending on the broader political climate. Panelists include mentors with decades of experience with students, advanced trainees, and professionals.  They will lead an intersectional discussion addressing navigation of professional roles, relationships, and expectations; negotiation of career phases and shifting power structures; responses to micro (and macro) aggressions and discrimination; and integration of personal and cultural values into career decisions.

This session is not eligible for continuing education credit.

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Muniya Khanna

Assistant Professor
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/ Children and Adult's Center for OCD and Anxiety


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Elizabeth A. Meadows

Central Michigan University


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Shireen L. Rizvi

Associate Professor
Rutgers University


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Barbara W. Kamholz

Assoc Dir, Outpatient MH Services/ Assoc Prof, Psychiatry
VA Boston HCS/ BU School of Medicine


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