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Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition

Edited by Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., and Donald M. Hilty, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-058-0
  • Item #37058


Working in academic psychiatry is fulfilling, replete with extraordinary colleagues and inspiring opportunities for meaningful work and professional growth. Even so, getting started in an academic career can be a bit unsettling. After years of education, a new faculty member may feel unprepared for the everyday duties associated with a different academic role—negotiating with the chair, writing letters of recommendation for students, participating on committees with colleagues, and balancing personal and professional life.

The Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, provides real-world advice with compassion. Readers will find just what they need when they need it: step-by-step guidance to approaching the tasks and challenges that face them, questions to discuss with mentors and colleagues, and professionally vetted online career development resources. Readers will also hear the voice of sympathetic, experienced academic clinicians who share how best to navigate challenging situations encountered in academic settings. Each chapter features:

  • Smart Strategies: A list of specific actions readers can take to reach their professional goals
  • Questions to Discuss with a Mentor or a Colleague: A list of questions that simplifies and normalizes the process of soliciting career advice and assistance
  • Additional Resources: A collection of the most recent and innovative websites, books, and articles that will assist readers on their career path, even after they’ve finished reading the book

Readers who seek out the advice in this book will find that they are better equipped to forge their academic careers—and flourish.


    Part I: Getting Started
    Chapter 1. Approaching Your Academic Career
    Chapter 2. Strategies for Academically Oriented Residents in Psychiatry
    Chapter 3. Strategies for Faculty Who Self-Identify as Belonging to Underrepresented Groups
    Chapter 4. Strategies for Psychologists and Other Health Professionals
    Chapter 5. Strategies for Those With Nontraditional Paths to Academic Psychiatry
    Part II: Getting There
    Chapter 6. Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae
    Chapter 7. Interviewing for an Academic Position
    Chapter 8. Evaluating Your Contract or Letter of Offer
    Part III: Once You Are There
    Chapter 9. Managing Your Time
    Chapter 10. Reading and Preparing a Basic Budget
    Chapter 11. Aligning Your Goals With Those of Colleagues, the Department, and the Institution
    Chapter 12. Understanding and Preparing for the Process of Academic Promotion
    Chapter 13. Negotiating with the Department Chair
    Chapter 14. Developing Your Ethics Skills
    Part IV: Becoming an Educator
    Chapter 15. Giving Feedback
    Chapter 16. Clinical Supervision
    Chapter 17. Teaching and Helping Others to Learn
    Chapter 18. Teaching in Small Group Settings
    Chapter 19. Writing Test Questions and Constructing Assessments
    Chapter 20. Writing and Reading Letters of Recommendation
    Part V: Developing Your Academic Skills
    Chapter 21. Publishing a Manuscript
    Chapter 22. Serving as a Manuscript Reviewer
    Chapter 23. Approaching Your First Grant Application and the Grant Review Process
    Chapter 24. Approaching Research, Evaluation, and Continuous Quality Improvement Projects
    Part VI: Continuing to Grow Professionally
    Chapter 25. Approaching Certification and Maintenance of Certification
    Chapter 26. Being a Good Mentor and Colleague
    Chapter 27. Networking
    Chapter 28. Leadership in Psychiatry: Principles, Role Models, and Challenges in Child Psychiatry
    Chapter 29. Taking Care of Yourself
    Chapter 30. Fostering a Positive Early Career Academic Environment


    Mandeep Singh Bagga, M.D.
    Jerald Belitz, Ph.D.
    Debra Berman
    Jonathan F. Borus, M.D.
    Edward J. Callahan, Ph.D.
    Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D.
    Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.
    John H. Coverdale, M.D., M.Ed.
    Laura B. Dunn, M.D.
    Catherine Fox
    Brad K. Grunert, Ph.D.
    Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.
    Thomas W. Heinrich, M.D.
    Cory D. Jaques, M.D.
    Michael D. Jibson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Joseph B. Layde, M.D., J.D.
    Jon Lehrmann, M.D.
    Russell F. Lim, M.D., M.Ed.
    James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.
    Alan K. Louie, M.D.
    Lester Love, M.D.
    Vikram Marla
    Teresita McCarty, M.D.
    Nitin Nanda, M.D.
    Mark W. Newman, M.D.
    Pei Huey Nie, M.D.
    Andrew J. Norton, M.D., FACP
    Lauren M. Osborne, M.D.
    David Peterson, M.B.A., FACMPE
    Katie Ryan, M.A., Research Professional
    Abdolreza Saadabadi, M.D.
    Andreea Seritan, M.D.
    Deborah Simpson, Ph.D.
    Ryan Spellecy, Ph.D.
    Malathi Srinivasan, M.D.
    Ann Tennier
    Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
    Michael S. Wilkes, M.D.
    Linda L.M. Worley, M.D.
    Joel Yager, M.D.
    Peter M. Yellowlees, M.D., M.B.B.S.

About the Authors

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

Donald M. Hilty, M.D., is Chief of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and Program Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia; Affiliate of University of California, Irvine; and Professor of Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

The second edition of this popular book will be appreciated by all academicians in our field, but especially by those who are still in the early stages of planning an academic career. The book is well organized and does not leave any stone unturned on the academic career pathway. I especially liked the listing of Smart Strategies on how to deal with a specific area or problem at the end of each chapter. This book is definitely a valuable resource for every academic psychiatrist!—Richard Balon, M.D., Professor, Associate Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University

This is the book I wish I’d had by my side as I blindly negotiated my own academic career. From pointers for the earliest parts of the foray into academia to thoughtful explorations of authorship, grant writing, teaching, and networking, these authors have covered the breadth of issues confronting the academic psychiatrist. This is not a theoretical treatise, but a practical guidebook providing concrete and useful guidance for those at any career phase…Filled with specific examples and peppered with thoughtful quotations and vignettes, there is something here for everyone.—Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center

The Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an invaluable and indispensable resource for all young (and not so young) psychiatry educators. Well organized, rich in both concrete guidance and wisdom, this text will provide answers to the ‘frequently asked questions’ of junior academic psychiatrists, and will inspire many to imagine previously unconsidered possibilities. The handbook achieves the astounding feat of distilling the mentoring of some of our most distinguished academic psychiatrists and making this available for readers everywhere.—Adam M. Brenner, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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