Brooke S.G. Molina, PhD (center) is professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics at the university of Pittsburgh, director of the Yout and Family Research Program, and directory of Clinical Research at the ADHD Across the Lifespan Clinic. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Molina researches the etiology, course, and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her research program, federally funded for over two decades, includes longitudinal studies of children and adolescents followed into adulthood, treatment studies of behavioral and pharmacologic approaches, neuroimaging studies of brain structure and function correlates of long-term symptom course, and development of primary-care based strategies for management of ADHD. In addition to integrating trainees throughout her research program, she is actively involved in mentoring activities through the Department of Psychiatry, including co-directorship of the Career and Research Development (CARD) seminar for postdoctoral fellows, and codirectory of the incoming Developmental Alcohol Research Training (DART) T32 program. She has a long and successful history of mentoring pre- and postdoctoral fellows into research careers.
Dr. Molina has been selected to win the 2017 UPPDA Mentor Award. She was nominated by a group of her postdocs, and had outstanding letters of support from current and former trainees. The UPPDA Mentor Award is modeled after the NPA Mentor Award, and recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars as exhibited by the following:
- Advocates for postdoctoral scholars.
- Is accessible and provides open lines of communication to postdoctoral scholars.
- Creates a supportive environment for research and shows respect for postdocs' goals and assists them in fulfilling those goals.
- Provides guidance in professional development, including encouraging the use of NPA Core Competencies for self-assessment and guidance, completing an individual development plan, and assisting postdocs in building a professional network through generous sharing of contacts.
- Demonstrates a sustained commitment to creating a productive working environment that enhances the overall postdoctoral experience.
Dr. Molina was honored at the 2017 Data & Dine Symposium, and will be nominated for the 2018 NPA Mentor Award. We thank Dr. Molina for her dedication to postdoctoral training!