APS Student and Early Career Webinar Series

Networking, peer review, online research and more! View recordings of past sessions.

Past Webinars

Virtual Networking: How to Network and Find Collaborators from Afar

How do you make meaningful connections when research and scientific events are all taking place online? The Association for Psychological Science has partnered with STEM career consultant Alaina Levine to help APS members improve their networking skills and develop strategies to build collaborations online.

At its core, networking is all about crafting win-win alliances where both parties provide value. You may think that “networking” can only take place in person, but this is a myth! In fact, most networking takes place from afar, and in some cases, the individuals may never even meet in person.

In this webinar, learn how to:

  • Develop strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators
  • Build mutually-beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe
  • Utilize various methods to find and reach out to people
  • Nurture critical conversations necessary for collaborations

More: Adding Value and Solving Problems: Virtual Networking for Scientists


Careers Outside of Academia

Considering a career outside academia? Join us for an engaging panel discussion with a group of psychological scientists who have chosen careers outside of academia. Panelists will share their own experiences and advice in making the decision to pursue alternative careers and give advice about how students can start taking the right steps now to find jobs in areas like government, technology, and business. Learn how you can position yourself for success!

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Hotaka Maeda: Psychometrician II at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, an independent, not-for-profit organization that monitors the quality of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination.
  • Dr. Iiona Scully: Scientist in Human Factors at Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm.
  • Dr. Linsey A. Smith: Director of Research at Cushman and Wakefield, a global commercial real estate services company; was previously Vice President of Consumer Insights at Compass Group, a multinational contract foodservice company.
  • Dr. Melissa Smith: Senior User Experience Researcher for Google
  • Dr. Mike Winograd: Consultant at ZS, a professional services consulting firm with clients across a range of industries including healthcare/pharma, high tech, and financial services.

Moderated by Ms. Alaina G. Levine. President, Quantum Success Solutions, author, Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015), professional speaker and STEM career consultant.

More: Careers Outside of Academia: How to Land and Navigate


The Basics of Peer Review

This panel is designed to support feedback by the APSSC Executive Board that more students would like to learn the basics of academic review and properly evaluating scientific research. This webinar will feature members of the APS staff editorial team as well as editors from APS journals, and prepare students and early career researchers to participate in the peer review process as both an author and a reviewer.

Panelists include:        

  • Amy Drew, Director of Publications, Association for Psychological Science
  • Robert L. Goldstone, Indiana University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Editor in Chief of Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • Erin B. Tone, Georgia State University, Department of Psychology, Associate Editor for Clinical Psychological Science
  • Becca White, Peer Review Manager, Association for Psychological Science

More: Peer Review: A Practice that Sustains Science


Online Research: Tools and Techniques

Scientific research has largely moved from the lab to an online-only event. Hear from a panel of psychological scientists about general methods to conduct research online, how to use data that is already available online to answer research questions, and how conducting online research may impact applications for funding and IRBs.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Ariel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Elise Rice, PhD, Program Officer, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Program, NIH NIDCR
  • Joshua VanArsdall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Elmhurst University

More: Online Research: From Funding to Data Collection


Path to My Postdoc

How did you get your position? It is probably the most commonly asked question among graduate students. This webinar features a panel of APS members, all of whom share their personal journeys to their postdoc positions.  Webinar moderator and STEM career coach Alaina Levine will also participate and give advice about the steps involved in identifying the best opportunities for you, and preparing for your search.

Panelists include:

  • Joy Geng, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Mind and Brain, UC Davis
  • Amy Rapp, Ph.D., Postdoctoral  Research Fellow, Center for OCD and Related Disorders, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Katherine Storrs, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie, Justus-Liebig-Universität