Mentorship Program

in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Purpose of the Program

To support and facilitate career development through facilitating mentor/mentee experiences within Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Overview of Mentorship Program

Mentoring is a critical component of career advancement and job satisfaction.  It has been defined as a multifaceted collaboration between a junior and senior professional with the primary goal being the nurturing of the professional’s development.  Our goal is to help faculty and trainees get the most out of their career as well as enhance personal satisfaction.

General Guidelines of the Mentorship Program

  • Encourage mentee to work with the mentor to develop clear goals for the mentorship
  • Mentorship relationships are expected to extend through one year (may be extended)
  • Commit to making the time to “meet” on a regular basis or no less than 3-4 times per year
  • Keep the content of your conversations confidential
  • Practice active listening
  • Provide each other with honest, direct and respectful feedback
  • Complete mentorship review form at the end of the mentorship experience
  • Strongly encourage both mentee and mentor to participate in a mentorship workshop or review attached resources including an online course.

Requesting a Mentor or Mentee

Join our group of Mentors:

  • Complete the Mentor Survey by clicking on Be a Mentor below.
  • A profile will be developed and added to our SUNET protected mentor profiles
  • Once a suitable mentee selects you, we will send you an email to connect you both.

Request a Mentor or Peer Group:

  • Review the online profiles of mentors under Find a Mentor tab below.  Once you have selected 3 potential mentors with whom you would like to work, click the Request a Mentor tab at the upper right on the profile page.
  • If you prefer a peer group mentorship option, please fill out the Peer Group Survey by clicking the Find a Peer Mentoring Group below.
  • Pending availability, you will be linked with a mentor of your choice and/or peer group.
  • Mentor/Mentees will be responsible for formulating their relationship.  We offer several “TIPS” to help with this process (see Mentoring References below) including a Mentor-Mentee Agreement & Individual Development Plan form for your use if you like as well as a link to an online course.
  • Of course, finding the most appropriate mentor is much more akin to a special relationship which involves factors that are difficult to identify until you are in the relationship.  If you find that the match is not quite right and would like to be switched, please contact Sallie DeGolia at