The American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program is a training, mentoring, and career development program designed to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority psychologists, many of whom seek to reduce mental health disparities in ethnic minority communities. The program initiated the Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) in 2003 to offer professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities to doctoral students and early-career researchers. This week-long institute is designed to address barriers that racial and ethnic minorities face as they finish their graduate programs and begin their tenure positions in psychology. The PSI consists of workshops on grant writing, publishing research, advocacy, research methods, and professional development issues that researchers of color commonly face. Fellows are able to present their research, and have access to extensive formal and informal opportunities for one-on-one mentoring on their projects and career goals.
This grant will expand the pipeline for racial and ethnic minority scholars conducting research to address mental health disparities.