“Psychology is so focused on the importance of context, yet when it comes to the scientists themselves, the contexts they grow up in and the identities/lived experiences that influence their approach to science and mentorship are rarely discussed. Connecting with the next generation of psych scholars on a more human level may be a necessary first step towards diversifying academia from the bottom-up. From personal experience, I found that such connections are formed most easily among peers/trainees who can provide mentorship that inherently feels less intimidating. NPSP adopts this peer-to-peer mentorship model using a strengths-based approach, with a focus on celebrating diversity and normalizing setbacks to foster belongingness.”
Read the full blog post on the NPSP Founder’s website (click here).