Society for Psychological Anthropology

SPA-SSPC MENTORING EVENT REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT- Lunch Mentoring Crash Course: Research Methods, Publication, and Professionalization for Psychological Anthropologists

The event will be held Saturday, April 29  from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM at the 2023 SPA-SSPC Biennial Meeting in San Diego. 

The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) and Society of the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) will be hosting a joint Mentoring Event at the 2023 SPA-SSPC Meetings in San Diego. Participants will get the chance to engage in two 20-minute discussions between mentors (SPA and SSPC members with a professional or academic appointment) and mentees (graduate student members of the SPA and SSPC). During the event, each mentor will meet with 2 groups of 2-4 mentees for 20 minutes each. The first 10 minutes will consist of an informal discussion led by the mentor about their given topic (e.g., publishing tips, professionalization, special research topic). The next 10 minutes will be a Q&A with the 2-4 student mentees. The first 20-minute session will be followed by a 20-minute intermission for mentors and mentees to finish their conversations and to get lunch. The mentees will then rotate to their next assigned mentor who covers a different topic, repeating the 20-minute timeline. The event will end with 15 minutes of generalized discussion and networking between mentees and mentors. During this time, the mentors and mentees will also be asked to complete an exit evaluation.

The topics for mentoring may include, but are not limited to: 1) qualitative methods (e.g. how to choose between qualitative coding software); 2) publishing tips (e.g. how to select a journal, how to write a cover letter, how to address comments, what to do if an article is rejected); 3) special research topics (e.g. engaging beyond academia; Anthropology and Global Health); 4) grant writing tips: (e.g. FAQs for NIH/NSF/Wenner Gren, how to address reviewer comments); 5) professionalization (e.g. where to look for post-docs, how to approach faculty interviews, or on-campus job visit tips, how to transition from academia to other professional fields). We anticipate this workshop will increase the research and professional skills of mentees as well as broaden the professional networks of mentees and mentors alike. 

If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, please submit the respective GoogleForm by March. 31 @ 5pm EST



Since space is limited to 15 mentors and 30 mentees, so we ask that you sign up as soon as possible. This will be a first-come, first-served event, but we will keep a waiting list. Notifications will be sent out in the first week of April. We will do our best to match up mentors and mentees with similar interests. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Ellen Kozelka at

Ellen E. Kozelka, PhD

McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow

Anthropology Department
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Pronouns: she, her, hers