Mentor Program

Early Career Researcher Mentor Program

The International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are committed to fostering the development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs), such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty, within the field of suicidology, and are planning an exciting and valuable program for ECRs at the upcoming 2019 International Summit on Suicide Research in Miami Beach, on October 27-30. The ECR forum was one of the most talked about aspects of the 2017 program and we are excited to offer it again to those who wish to participate!

Inaugurated at the 2013 IASR meeting, the forum pairs ECRs with established senior investigators based upon their shared research interests. This year, each ECR will be matched in advance with a specific mentor and will then be able to meet with them later in the conference. Mentors and mentees will meet at a special breakfast at 7am on Monday October 28, at which Nav Kapur MBChB, MMedSc, FRCPsych, MD (University of Manchester) will be giving the ECR keynote talk and passing on his invaluable advice for those starting out in the field of suicidology. As well as our special guest speaker, we have also organized a “suicide research-a-thon”, an exciting activity based around the “hackathon” concept. During this event, ECRs will have the opportunity to meet a variety of senior researchers and fellow ECRs and interact together in a brief group activity, where they will collaboratively explore ways to address a key challenge in the field.