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Peer Mentoring and Consultation Program

What is a Peer Mentoring Group?

Peer mentoring groups consist of two or more faculty members with similar interests (e.g., integrated care; serious mental illness; addictions; trauma; etc.). Faculty within a group may differ with regard to rank or level of involvement in scholarship, service, and teaching. Peer mentoring groups provide opportunities for faculty to support one another and advance career aspirations through networking, partnership, and information sharing. Peer mentoring facilitates community formation, and it is not a lot of extra work. 

Peer mentoring groups “meet” monthly on the phone/via other virtual means so that we can include faculty from all sites and disciplines/specialties. In addition to mentoring, guiding, and supporting one another, more senior faculty members are often invited to consult/join calls on an as needed basis.

Current Peer Mentoring Groups

  • Integrated Care/Health Psychology Peer Mentoring Group: Co-Facilitated by Rachel Ammirati, PhD and Jennifer Steiner, PhD
  • Trauma Peer Mentoring Group: Facilitated by Sanne van Rooij, PhD and Katie Ragsdale, PhD
  • Substance Use Disorders Peer Mentoring Group: Co-Facilitated by Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Hammons, PhD and Yilang Tang, MD, PhD
  • Faculty interested in starting a new group, or joining an existing group, should contact Dr. Rachel Ammirati at

Recommendations for Peer Mentoring Groups

Recommendations for Co-Facilitators

  • Serve as a Co-Facilitator for a term of 2 years.
  • Arrange to have monthly calls/virtual meetings and send out recurring calendar invites to group members.
  • Send out reminders and brief agendas prior to monthly call/virtual meetings.
  • Survey group members to identify specific topics or guest speakers of interest.
  • Take notes during meetings and email these notes to group members.
  • Guide the flow and structure of each call/virtual meeting and be prepared to facilitate conversations with guest speakers.
  • Elicit ongoing feedback from group members and keep in mind that unlike traditional mentoring, peer mentoring is more egalitarian.
  • Develop a system for touching base in between calls/virtual meetings to discuss plans for future meetings, etc.
  • Consider scheduling periodic, in-person meetings.
  • Email Dr. Rachel Ammirati at whenever someone new expresses interest in joining your group.
  • Contact the Vice Chair for Faculty Development (Dr. Nadine Kaslow) or Dr. Rachel Ammirati if any issues/concerns arise.

Recommendations for Group Members

  • Participate actively in monthly calls/virtual meetings.
  • Give feedback to Co-Facilitators.
  • Voice your interests, and your goals for involvement.
  • Consider serving as a Co-Facilitator of your peer mentoring group
  • Contact the Vice Chair for Faculty Development (Dr. Nadine Kaslow) or the Assistant Vice Chair for Faculty Development – New Initiatives (Dr. Rachel Ammirati) if any issues/concerns arise.

Peer Mentoring and Consultation Program