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Faculty Research Mentor-Mentee Program

We typically think that research mentoring is intuitive and that a person with good intentions should be able to provide the requisite skills mentees need to be successful. However, we know this is often not the case because in most situations research mentors presume their mentees come with the necessary knowledge to know what they need from the mentor and how to sustain a relationship that is beneficial to both. 

Oftentimes research mentors have little or no formal training in mentoring and thus are not aware that mentoring occurs at various developmental levels and mentees have little or no expectations of the mentor role. Further, mentoring may be different for undergraduate students, graduate students, doctoral and post-doctoral students, junior faculty, women and racial/ethnic groups add to the need to train faculty to become successful mentors.

Research Mentors

 Susie Moscou, FNP, MPH, PhD

 School: Health and Natural Sciences

 Research Interests: Race and Ethnicity in Clinical Medicine, Implicit Bias, Social Determinants of Health, Nurse Practitioner Issues

Research Methodology: Qualitative and Quantitative


Amiya Waldman-Levi, PhD OTR/L

School: Health and Natural Sciences

Research Interests: Impact of Domestic Violence on Children; Decoding Videos of Children and Family Playing

Research Methodology: Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods


Eduardo Albrecht, PhD

School: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Anthropology, Social Movements, Digital Humanities, Geopolitics, Data Science, International Relations

Research Methodology: Qualitative and Quantitative


Juan Bruses, PhD

 School: Health and Natural Sciences

 Research Interests: Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular biology

 Research Methodology- Quantitative


Jack Simons, PhD

School: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Social Justice, School Counseling, Trans-People of Color

Research Methodology: Qualitative and Quantitative


Zoila Morell, PhD

School: Education

Research Interests: Bilingual Childhood Education, Conditions for Latino children, School Resources and Bilingualism

Research Methodology: Qualitative and interested in mixed methods


Patrick Davitt, PhD

School: Health and Natural Sciences

Research Interests:

Research Methodology: Qualitative and Quantitative


Kathy Kenney-Riley, PNP, EdD

 School: Health and Natural Sciences

 Research Interests: Interprofessional Education, Discordance in Communication between Providers and Teens with Lupus

 Research Methodology: Quantitative and Qualitative


Diana D'Amico Juettner, PhD

School: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Weight Discrimination, Legal Ramifications, Categories of Morbid Obesity

Research Methodology: Quantitative


Research Mentees

Moddie Breland Jr., MS, EdD (candidate)

School: Libraries

Research Interests: Perception of Information Literacy among Faculty and Students

Research Methodology: Quantitative


Delores Hart, M.A., NCC, PhD (candidate)

School: Liberal Arts

Research Interests: Health Literacy, Prelingual Deaf Community

Research Methodology:


Julia Zavala, PHD

School: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Impact of Discourse on Argumentative Writing

Research Methodology: Qualitative


Janet Rivera

School: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: School Psychology, Multiculturalism, Conducting Research regarding Compassion Fatigue or Mental Health Burnout among Mental Health Providers, Acculturation Stress Effects on Student Achievement


Renu Varughese, RN, PhD

 School: Health and Natural Sciences

 Research Interests: Minority Aging Population, Ethnicity and Other Determinants

 Research Methodology: Quantitative and Qualitative (Case Studies)


Aiisha Harden Russell

Office of the Provost: Research and Grants Coordinator

Research Interests: Campaigns and Elections, Political Parties, Race, Gender, Political Participation

Research Methodology: Qualitative

Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact:

Susie Moscou, FNP, MPH, Ph.D
Associate Professor



Workshop #1 - Aligning Expectations Between Mentor-Mentee
October 28, 2016 - 1 - 5 p.m. 

Successful mentor and mentee relationships can flourish if both are on the same page. This 4-hour workshop addresses how mentors and mentees can align their expectations. The goals of the workshop are to effectively establish mutually beneficial expectations for the mentoring-mentee relationship and to articulate expectations for the mentoring-mentee relationship.


Workshop #2 - Addressing Equity and Inclusion

December 16, 2016 - 1 - 5 p.m. 

What assumptions do mentors have about race, ethnicity, gender and class? Do beliefs interfere with our ability to be effective mentors? This 4-hour workshop addresses the potential impact of conscious and unconscious assumptions on the mentor-mentee relationship and to identify concrete strategies for learning about, recognizing and addressing issues of equity and inclusion in order to engage in conversations about diversity with mentees and foster a sense of belonging.


Workshop #3 Fostering Independence: Mentees Taking the Lead
March 10, 2017 - 12 - 4 p.m, Room MH 323

How do mentors foster independence in their mentees and how do mentees recognize the need for independence? This 4-hour workshop identifies various strategies mentors can use to build their mentees' confidence, establish trust and foster independence. 



Workshop #4 - Promoting Professional Development
April 21, 2017  - 12 - 4 p.m, Room MH 323

Mentors have an essential role in promoting professional development in their mentees. This 4-hour workshop identifies the roles mentors play in the overall professional development of their mentees as well as initiating and sustaining periodic conversations with mentees on professional goals and career development objectives and strategies.


The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

NRMN’s program models emphasize the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The Goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.