Denisse Paredes Selected for the 2022 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology URM Near-Peer mentorship program
Denisse Paredes has been selected by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) as a Mentee participant in the 2022 ACNP URM Near-Peer mentorship program. She is a student in the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. Her mentor for the program is Emmeline Edwards.
The goal of the URM Near-Peer Mentorship Program is to provide mentorship training support to ACNP member mentors to enable them to provide more effective mentoring support of underrepresented minority scientists who plan to enter research fields in neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology. The pilot program will provide education on topics such as career skills, goal setting, negotiating, time management, starting a lab, lab management, negotiating positions, career life balance, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and publishing. This is a year-long program to include remote, long-distance virtual mentoring, training opportunities, and an annual in-person half day mentorship program just prior to the ACNP 2022 Annual Meeting, December 3, 2022 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
The program will be managed in partnership with training experts from the Center for the Improvement for Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). The goal of the training provided by CIMER is to optimize mentoring relationships by providing mentors and mentees with an intellectual framework for effective mentoring relationships, an opportunity to experiment with various methods, and a forum in which to solve mentor/mentee dilemmas with the help of their peers.
She is interested in studying the underlying biological mechanisms of stress-related psychiatric disorders such as depression. Specifically, she wants to study potential interventions that could improve the effects of psychotherapy. Her mentor is Dr. David Morilak.