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Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition
Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., and Donald M. Hilty, M.D. (Eds)
American Psychiatric Association Publishing / Softcover / 2017-04-01 / 1615370587
price: $90.50 (may be subject to change)
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Forging a career in academic behavioral sciences requires personal insight, some business acumen, a mentor’s encouragement, and a bit of savvy. What better coaches to help new and even midlevel professionals than the esteemed clinicians and authors of the Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition? These seasoned and highly successful clinicians reveal everything they wish someone had told them when they were first establishing their academic careers. They provide guidance on everything from avoiding burnout to strategies in evaluating your contract to preparing for promotion, teaching, writing test questions, preparing a budget, and being a good mentor and colleague.

The perfect guide to read between classes or unwinding after a long day, this concise, well-written text provides real-world advice with compassion. Readers will be able to 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. They will also hear the voice of sympathetic and honest academic clinicians who share how best to navigate challenging situations. To help readers absorb the wealth of information presented, each chapter features:

A list of Smart Strategies: Specific actions readers can take to improve their chances of hire or promotion
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.


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 on one’s academic pathway unturned. 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 one’s 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 NY, 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


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

About the Editors:

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.

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