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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.

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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.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 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
  • Index


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    James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.
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    Andrew J. Norton, M.D., FACP
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    Katie Ryan, M.A., Research Professional
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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 phaseFilled 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

My copy of the Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, is packed with bookmarks due to frequent referencing and reviewing of this essential information. Drs. Roberts and Hilty are the authoritative voices on career advancement in academic psychiatry. They have provided an invaluable service to our field in updating this roadmap for successful navigation of the pathways to advancement. This book has been added to my list of required reading for aspiring and current academic psychiatrists and behavioral scientists.—Katharine J. Nelson, M.D., Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School

This handbook goes beyond a mere review, and provides practical solutions for issues many early or mid-career faculty will experience. It aims for and hits a perfect integration of appraising the known essentials of career development, while providing fresh a mindset to often-perplexed academics. Serving as an inspiration as much as a how-to, this book will be revisited at various stages throughout one's career.—Asher B. Simon, M.D., Associate Director of Residency Training, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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