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Interested in Becoming an Alies Muskin Career Leadership Program (CDLP) Mentor?

The ADAA Mentorship Program establishes dynamic, reciprocal relationships between an advanced career incumbent and an early career professional aimed at promoting the development of both. ADAA has a longstanding tradition of providing CDLP award winners with a senior mentor from ADAA membership. 

Mentors play a key and invaluable part of the CDLP program's success. Mentoring takes place at the ADAA annual conference and involves a whole day commitment. Most of the focused mentoring time occurs on the first day of the conference when mentors meet with their mentees during a special CDLP breakfast and again in the afternoon for a formal program. Mentors and mentees will also meet more informally throughout the four day meeting and beyond.

Mentors are responsible for:

  • Registering for the 2018 Conference and paying all associated fees
  • Contacting their mentee before the conference to congratulate and welcome them to ADAA, to the program and to offer mentorship
  • Asking the mentee if there is anyone they would like to meet at the conference and set up a meeting for them
  • Setting up a time separate from the CDLP experience (coffee break) to meet with the mentee at the conference, if the mentee so desires
  • A full day commitment (the entire CDLP program day which is usually the first day of the conference). We recommend that mentors arrive at the conference the evening before the mentorship program begins.
  • Contacting the mentee after the conference to ask about their experience and answer any questions
  • Guiding the mentee in how to become involved in ADAA: help them sign up for a SIG or committee; encourage them to present a poster and/or workshop for next year, offer to hold a professional webinar with them; offer to present at next year's ADAA conference with them, etc. 

A mentor's expertise and broad experience are invaluable to an early career professional and make a lasting difference. Mentors help early career professionals bolster their career, avoid obstacles and make smart career decisions. It is also a fun and rewarding experience. 

If you are interested in learning more about serving as a practice, basic neuroscience and clinical research track CDLP mentor, please contact Helen Heymann, Senior Education Program Manager at by 10/2/2017.