Strategies for Mentoring Relationships and Implementing a Research Lab

February 22, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm
$31 for NCFR student members / $52 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $94 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs

Presenters: Ryan G. Carlson, Ph.D.; Naomi J. Wheeler, Ph.D.; and Nakita Carroll, M.A. 

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(left to right) Carlson, Wheeler, and Carroll

Positive mentoring relationships can provide fresh perspectives, foster mutual learning, stimulate creativity, and promote collaboration on research projects. Specifically, mentors are provided with an opportunity to deepen their own knowledge and expertise while increasing their leadership and communication skills. Mentees are able to develop their research self-efficacy and identity due to their increased access to data and research knowledge. This mutually beneficial partnership can therefore increase both the quality and quantity of research produced, while also improving the skills of both the learners and instructors.

This webinar will provide information on developing and maintaining a research mentoring relationship in a university setting. Attendees will learn how to define and discuss a relational mentorship process and identify common challenges in mentoring. Moreover, strategies for addressing current socioeconomic and political factors that influence both faculty and student success within the mentoring process will be shared, as well as examples of implementing research mentorship across universities and disciplines.

This webinar will provide faculty with a framework to establish a successful research lab and mentoring relationships. Futhermore, graduate students and new professionals will learn to better understand characteristics of positive research mentorship. Specifically, attendees will leave this webinar with the ability to:

  • Apply relational and systemic processes to develop and maintain research mentoring relationships;
  • Recognize and overcome common challenges for developing mutually-beneficial mentoring relationships; and
  • Implement intentional practices to reduce disparities in the mentoring process.

Intended Audience: This webinar is intended for any—new or seasoned—faculty who wish to improve their ability to have successful research mentorships.

The views expressed by the webinar presenters are their own.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CFLE continuing education.

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About the Presenters

Ryan G. Carlson, Ph.D., LPC, is professor and interim department chair for educational and developmental science at the University of South Carolina, and co-founder and director for the Consortium of Family Strengthening Research. Dr. Carlson’s research focuses on vulnerable couples and families, including relationship education outcomes, implementation science, and intimate partner violence. He has been awarded numerous grants from local and federal funders, and currently serves as the lead evaluator for a randomized controlled trial of relationship education being implemented at the University of Central Florida. He has published 67 peer-reviewed papers and conducted over 100 presentations at conferences. Dr. Carlson is also a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina with over 20 years of clinical experiences.

Naomi J. Wheeler, Ph.D., LPC, is an associate professor of counselor education and supervision (CES) at Virginia Commonwealth University where she coordinates the doctoral program in CES and the couple and family counseling track. Dr. Wheeler created and directs a student research mentorship team, the Family and Relational Stress and Health research lab, and is a co-founder and fellow with the Consortium for Family Strengthening Research. Her research builds from her professional and clinical experiences to examine relationship health across the lifespan as a contributor or disruptor to health disparities.

Nakita Carroll, M.A., LFMT, is a doctoral candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Florida State University. Her research focuses on relationship outcomes for marginalized populations including the impact of the African American experience on couple relationship outcomes and protective factors for families involved in the child welfare system. Ms. Carroll is a scholar with the University of South Carolina Consortium of Family Strengthening Research, a fellow of the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program, and a licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of Florida. She has experience implementing and overseeing research interventions for federally-funded grants, presenting at regional and national conferences, and serving on several research teams.


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