Skip to main content
Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., and Donald M. Hilty, M.D.
2006
360 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-208-5
Paperback Also Available In: eBook
Item #62208



Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an essential guide to everything that they don't teach in traditional medical and psychiatric training about how to begin—and further develop—an academic career. Covering many aspects of early career development that the authors wish they had been told about when they started their own academic careers, this book is densely packed with practical information that every academic psychiatrist or behavioral scientist can use right away. The Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is both a training manual and a guide for academicians in the real world.

In six main sections written by 36 expert contributors, this eminently practical text covers most everything that academic faculty members do:


  • Getting Started—Approaching a career in academic psychiatry, including key attributes of faculty members and strategies for academically oriented residents in psychiatry, women and minorities, and psychologists and other health professionals
  • Getting There—Preparing effective curriculum vitaes, interviewing for academic positions, and evaluating offers
  • Once You're There—Managing your time, creating and understanding budgets, aligning your goals with those of colleagues/department/institution, understanding and preparing for the process of academic promotion, negotiating with the chairperson, and developing ethics skills
  • Becoming an Educator—Giving difficult feedback, teaching in small groups, writing test questions, conducting assessments, and writing letters of recommendation
  • Developing Your Academic Skills—Conducting research, evaluating clinical research studies, publishing manuscripts, being a manuscript reviewer, navigating the grant application process, and approaching research, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement projects
  • Continuing to Grow Professionally—Getting and maintaining certification, being a good mentor and colleague, networking, and creating a positive early career environment

      Written for a broad audience, from academic psychiatrists and psychologists, medical physicians, and private practice teachers to residents/fellows, medical students, department chairs, and deans, the unique Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers helpful illustrations and extensive references, worksheets, and web resources to prepare psychiatrists and other mental health professionals for fulfilling, successful careers in both private practice and academia.

      Quite simply, Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has earned its place among the core texts for faculty development courses in psychiatry and medicine.

Preface. Getting Started. Approaching your academic career. Strategies for academically oriented residents in psychiatry. Strategies for women, minorities, and other underrepresented faculty. Strategies for psychologists and other health professionals. Getting There. Preparing your curriculum vitae. Interviewing for an academic position. Evaluating your contract/letter of offer. Once You're There. Managing your time. Reading and preparing a basic budget. Aligning your goals with those of colleagues, the department, and the institution. Understanding and preparing for the process of academic promotion. Negotiating with the department chair. Developing your ethics skills. Becoming an Educator. Giving feedback. Teaching and helping others to learn. Teaching in small group settings. Writing test questions and constructing assessments. Writing and reading letters of recommendation. Developing Your Academic Skills. Searching the literature to find the information you need. Evaluating clinical research studies. Publishing a manuscript. Serving as a manuscript reviewer. Approaching your first grant application and the grant review process. Approaching research, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement projects. Continuing to Grow Professionally. Approaching certification and maintenance of certification. Being a good mentor and colleague. Networking. Taking care of yourself. Creating a positive early career environment. Index.
"This is an amazingly wonderful book that addresses so many pivotal points towards a successful career in academic psychiatry. Throughout all the major developmental steps in thinking about, beginning and nurturing an academic position, Roberts and Hilty, et al bring us the information that is not taught in traditional medical training, and then some. This terrific book will help save time and make the trip through academia a lot easier and probably a lot more fun!"—Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

"[The editors] have compiled a collection of concise, informative, and highly relevant chapters, authored by an impressive group of largely psychiatric scientists, scholars, and administrators. The book provides the reader with an invaluable manual for survival and advance ment as faculty in academic health centers, and although focused on psychiatrists, the book is applicable to psychologists and other behavioral scientists as well. . . . Every training director (psychiatry and psychology) should make this available to his or her graduates. Senior faculty members, especially senior psychologists, would be well advised to familiarize themselves with the knowledgeable and insightful observations provided in this volume."—PsycCRITIQUES, 8/1/2006

"After reading [Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences], many would probably agree that it should have been around years ago. It is filled with practical information, is well organized, and covers almost all major issues in career development in academic psychiatry. I would recommend it to every starting academician and to every resident contemplating an academic career. It should also belong to the library of every academic department of psychiatry (and perhaps other disciplines) and school of medicine, since it could serve as a guiding text in faculty development seminars and courses."—American Journal of Psychiatry, 8/1/2006

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Donald M. Hilty, M.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, California.