Joshua C. Eyer, Ph.D.
In the Health Psych Connections Spotlight this issue, we’re going to take a short step back to give a brief description how Health Psych Connections (HPC) works.
Essentially, you have a problem. You’re smart enough to know that, but you don’t yet know how to solve it. Maybe you don’t even know who to ask. Enter HPC. You reach out to us with your problem, and we connect you with the expertise you need. Easy!
What kinds of problems will we help with? All kinds. HPC has helped with Career Questions about balancing work and life, switching job tracks, finding and applying for jobs, or navigating career issues as a woman; Professional Questions about integrating behavioral health, developing a practice, or expanding service in hospitals or clinics; and Specific Questions about special content areas such as health communication to special audiences.
The process is straightforward. Using the form available on the website, you provide us with some basic information about yourself and your problem. I will follow up with you to set up a phone call to find out more about your needs. After that, I will work with the members of the program committee to identify someone who would be a good mentor for you with your specific problem. I’ll reach out to that person, verify that they are able and willing to help, and tell them a bit about the program. Following that, I’ll put you both in contact by email. It usually takes several weeks to find and connect a mentor with you.
After the connection is made, then comes the hard part: you have to follow up. Send an email. Set up a phone conversation. Whatever works best for you, but make it happen within a week. We’re all busy with lots going on. No excuses.
There are a few caveats. Although HPC is now housed under the Early Career Professionals (ECP) Council, it is still open to all members of Division 38 who have completed a doctoral degree. Although we do not take requests from students for academic mentoring, I will personally respond to questions from graduate students. I may not be able to help you myself, but I will do what I can to field your question and refer you to other resources.
Finally, who am I? I’m Josh Eyer, a PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an assistant professor at the Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I was very pleased to take over the program recently from Zeeshan Butt, PhD, who ran it for several years, as it moved under the aegis of the ECP Council. As the HPC program moves forward, we’ll be looking out for ways to improve it and increase its usefulness to you. If you have ideas, please feel free to share them with me at HealthPsychConnections@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more successful mentoring stories in the future!