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Selecting Mentors When Applying to Doctoral Programs


This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is the third part of the Academic Career Education Series. Continuing Education Credit is not offered for viewing this webcast.

FREE to current APA Members…Space is limited to only 300 spots

Applying to doctoral programs marks an important life milestone for you and other undergraduate majors and post-baccalaureate trainees. Importantly, some of the considerations for choosing where to receive undergraduate training (e.g., faculty-to-student ratio, quality of institution) take a “back seat” to the key factor in doctoral training that most impacts your career: Identifying the person who will serve as your mentor. Undergraduate programs rarely offer formal instruction in choosing doctoral mentors, and some of the factors you might consider could vary from year-to-year and by mentor. This presentation focuses on providing you with concrete strategies for selecting a doctoral mentor.

Learning Objective 1

Provide an overview of general factors to consider when choosing potential mentors, as well as concrete strategies for applying these factors to your own application process.


Andres De Los Reyes, PhD

Dr. Andres De Los Reyes is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He serves as Director of the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP),, a laboratory that seeks to understand the inconsistent outcomes that commonly arise from multi-informant assessments of child and adolescent mental health. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2017-2025), as well as 2019 Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs. He serves as Program Chair of the Future Directions Forum (, an annual event that dedicates a full day to offering professional development workshops, as well as small group and one-on-one expert consultations on all aspects of academic work.

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Price: $25.00