Division 53 | Student Mentorship

Student Mentorship

Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Mentorship Program

The Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) Student Advisory Board is pleased to announce a call for interested mentors and mentees to participate in the APA Division 53 Mentorship Program! The program, which began in 2012, serves to connect undergraduate students with graduate students in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology programs across the country. We have also recently expanded the program so that graduate students in psychology can be mentored by postdoctoral scholars and early career psychologists. Since 2012, hundreds of psychology students and professionals have participated in our program.
The program offers undergraduate students interested in clinical child and adolescent psychology the opportunity to ask questions and gain guidance from graduate students, while graduate students will offer advice and recommendations on various topics, including the graduate school application process, career objectives, research and clinical interests, and graduate student life. Graduate and undergraduate students will be matched according to their interests, and then provided with email information to initiate contact. Additionally, graduate students can now elect to be mentored by a postdoctoral scholar or early career psychologist to receive mentorship around career development, the job market, and next steps in one’s professional trajectory as a child and adolescent psychologist.

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate meaningful mentoring relationships among Division 53 professionals and students. We believe in the power of mentoring to foster personal and professional development, enhance connections to the child and adolescent psychology community, mutually build professional networks and support systems and, subsequently, provide only the highest level of care to the people we serve.

Vision: For this mentorship program to consistently develop future leaders in the field of psychology who will strive to uphold the values of scientific excellence and a commitment to the wellbeing of children and adolescents across a variety of research and clinical settings
To learn more about the program, please email the SCCAP Student Advisory Board at: div53mentoring@gmail.com
To apply for the program please click on the appropriate link(s) below. Please note, if you are interested in being both a graduate student mentor (i.e., mentoring an undergraduate student) and graduate student mentee (i.e., receiving mentorship from a more advanced professional), you must complete both relevant application forms. 
We will put out a “call” for applications and match mentors and mentees three times a year so please look out for email announcements on the Division 53 listserv. Any applications submitted outside of these three call periods will be reviewed at the following announced due date. 
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to connecting with you!
Undergraduate Student Mentee Application (i.e., I am an undergraduate student and want to receive mentorship): http://goo.gl/forms/a4JAczNSLIg3qsDP2  
Graduate Student Mentor Application (i.e., I am a graduate student and want to be a mentor to an undergraduate): http://goo.gl/forms/HrEr0CaX1454t7jo2
Graduate Student Mentee Application (i.e., I am a graduate student and want to receive mentorship from a postdoc and/or early career psychologist): http://goo.gl/forms/OosN39e9GNGkYDpw1
Early Career Psychologist Mentor Application (i.e., I am a postdoc and/or early career psychologist and want to be a mentor to a graduate student): http://goo.gl/forms/0VA5aawKS6V11q193

Career Columns

In order to highlight the range of possible career trajectories within the field of child and adolescent clinical psychology, we are pleased to introduce our new bimonthly Career Column. Each column features a different child and adolescent-focused clinical psychologist. The columnists describe their current role or roles; the path taken to arrive at their current positions; the training, support, and other experiences they have found valuable; and recommendations for current students.

Jessica C. Hauser-Harrington, Ph.D., St. John Hospital & Medical Center

Jessica C. Hauser-Harrington, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Science and Research
Family Medicine Residency
St. John Hospital & Medical Center
Detroit, MI

1. What is your current occupation?
Director of Behavioral Science and Research
2. What do you do?/Describe your role 
I work in medical education training family medicine resident physicians and medical students on various aspects of mental health. Through didactic lectures, informal teaching/mentoring, and working with them in the clinic and hospital, I help them learn how to identify symptoms of mental illness, how to make appropriate assessment and treatment referrals, and how to use techniques such motivational interviewing to encourage healthy behaviors in their patients. I also oversee research projects and direct our department's wellness initiatives.
3. How did you learn about your job?
I first learned about my job through the APA Monitor’s job listing webpage after a fairly thorough review of several websites (e.g., APA Monitor, Indeed, Monster), listservs (e.g., APA Division 53, 54, 12), and discussions with colleagues. I had no idea this kind of job existed until a friend of mine from grad school completed a post doc through a medical school where she worked with resident physicians.  
4. How have you navigated your career? As in, what was the process that you took to get to your current position?
This is actually my third job since completing my post-doc and it was not what I originally thought I would be doing as a career! I've previously worked as a tenure-track professor at a small liberal arts college (which I thought was going to be my dream job), and then took a clinically-focused position doing psychological assessments for children and adolescents to be closer to my family. This position has combined all of the things I love about being a psychologist--teaching, clinical work, research and even administrative tasks (I'm involved in recruiting/interviewing new residents and coordinate the orientation month).
5. Are you a member of Div53?  If so, how has being a member of Div53 been helpful to you?
Div53 has helped keep me connected to my roots as a clinical child psychologist. I work in family medicine, so we see ages birth through adulthood. Div53 keeps me up to speed on developments in child and adolescent mental health that I can then pass on to the physicians with whom I work.
6. What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job? Why?
I love the teaching and mentoring aspect of my job, getting to share my enthusiasm for mental health and wellness.  I love working with young professionals who are just finishing their training and beginning their careers. They're eager to learn and want to be their best.
7. What is a tough aspect of your job?  How have you handled it?
The toughest part of my job is being the only psychologist in my department. There are definite differences in the way we are trained as mental health professionals and how physicians are trained.  Thankfully, I am close with a number of my colleagues from grad school and internship, and even though we're spread out across the country, keeping in touch with them and getting their feedback is tremendously helpful.
8. What is one thing that you wish you had known as a graduate student or post-doc/early career psychologist that would have helped you navigate your career?
There's not just one career or one career path! I had one path in mind when I started graduate school, another path in mind when I completed internship and post doc and neither of those paths ended up leading me to where I am now. I would tell my younger self (as I tell the students and residents I work with currently) to be open to the possibilities.
9. What advice would you give to students (including undergrads and grads) who may be interested in doing what you do?
I used to worry that my interests in psychology were too broad, not narrow or specific enough in terms of my research or my clinical focus. One of the reasons I love psychology is because the field and what you can do as a psychologist is so broad and diverse! I would tell students to take every opportunity available to them in terms of clinical rotations, research groups, teaching, conferences, etc. You never know when you might pick up a skill or make a connection that could be useful later in your training or eventual career.


Past Columns

Jonathan Perle, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Child and Adolescent Track
Behavioral Sciences – Clinical Psychology
Midwestern University

Click here to read Jonathan Perle's column

Shabnam Javdani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology
New York University, Steinhardt

Click here to read Shabnam Javdani's Career Column

Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Click here to read Jennifer L. Hughes's Career Column


Kathryn Barbash, Psy.D.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Click here to read Kathryn Barbash's Career Column


Erin Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology,
University of Texas at Austin

Click here to read Erin Rodriguez's Career Column

Melody Keller, Ph.D.
Director, UCSF Youth OCD Intensive Outpatient Program,
Pacific Anxiety Group, Menlo Park, CA

Click here to read Melody Keller's Career Column

Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Pasadena, CA

Click here to read Andrea Letamendi's Career Column

Pascale Stemmle, Psy.D.
Pacific Anxiety Group, Menlo Park, CA

Click here to read Pascale Stemmle's Career Column

Adrienne Fricker-Elhai, Ph.D.
The Cullen Center, Promedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

Click here to read Adrienne Fricker-Elhai's Career Column

Paula Fite, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
University of Kansas

Click here to read Paula Fite's Career Column

Cari McCarty, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in Pediatrics
University of Washington

Click here to read Cari McCarty’s Career Column

Greta Massetti, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Research and Evaluation Branch
Division of Violence Prevention, Center for Disease Prevention and Control

Click here to read Greta Massetti’s Career Column

Dan Cheron, Ph.D., Judge Baker Children’s Center / Harvard Medical School

Click here to read Dan Cheron’s Career Column