Early Career Investigators

Round Table Discussion

Please join APPA for the Trainee and Early Career Roundtable taking place on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Eastern.

This event is devoted to the experiences and questions of trainees and early career investigators. The informal discussion offers junior attendees an opportunity to meet and learn from more senior APPA members. Topics of discussion often include grant funding, establishing collaborations, and fellowship and job searches. Senior participants can share insights from their varied career development trajectories. Early career attendees ask questions, share feedback about their experience at the meeting, and benefit from meeting peers connected to APPA.

This event is facilitated by Dr. William Stone (APPA Secretary) and Dr. Helen Wilson (APPA Membership Chair), with contributions from other APPA council members.  Importantly, participation in this event among early-career conference attendees has grown steadily over the past five years it has been offered.  This roundtable is a popular event that helps to create community connections for junior members and meeting attendees.

Anyone registered for the 2021 Annual Meeting is welcome to join the session.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us Saturday morning for this exciting event!

Mentorship Program

APPA is excited to be able to support a mentorship program again this year in which we match junior meeting attendings with mid-career or senior-level mentors. Last year, I heard from numerous trainees and early career attendees who really appreciated the chance to connect with a more seasoned member of APPA. This program offers a way for new or junior attendees to feel connected to the meeting and organization, as well as forming potential mentorship or collaborative relationships in the field of psychopathology. How you connect before, during, or after the meeting is flexible. We will have a virtual platform called Gather Town that allows for one:one or small group conversation – kind of like virtual coffee break – available during breaks throughout the meeting.

Please email Helen Wilson at helenwilson@stanford.edu with the information below if you would like to sign up to be a mentor to a junior attendee OR to have a mentor from the APPA. Please use the subject line “APPA Mentorship Program”. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Please send:



I would like to have a mentor ___

What would you most like mentorship on? (eg, specific topics, methodologies)

I would like to be a mentor ___

What are you best suited to offer mentorship on? (eg. specific topics, methodologies)


Pre-conference workshop for trainees

Each year, as part of the American Psychopathological Association conference we hold a half-day meeting for fellows and faculty involved in training or training programs. This year, the half-day training session will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 where the rest of the APPA meeting will take place on March 4-6, 2021.  The 2021 APPA Meeting is being held virtually.  All registered attendees for the 2021 APPA Annual Meeting are welcome to attend this virtual trainee workshop.

Click here to view the full workshop program.

This event offers an opportunity for students, fellows, trainees and faculty from different universities and organizations to meet and get to know each other. This event has traditionally been held in conjunction with the APPA as a forum for joint meetings of NIMH-T32-funded psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics training programs; over the past few years, it has been extended to a broader range of training programs of relevance to psychopathology and mental health including those in substance abuse epidemiology, social epidemiology, aging epidemiology, etc.

Faculty members briefly present on the training program at their own university, followed by a 15-minute presentation given by one of their fellows or trainees of their own work, followed by questions and discussion. NIH staff also present at this workshop, focusing on current institute scientific priorities and issues in obtaining funding, especially at early career stages. A virtual networking opportunity at the end of the afternoon provides everyone with an opportunity to interact more informally. The connections made at past workshops have sometimes led to positions or fellowships for junior scientists and to new research collaborations.