Resources for Training Directors 

Career Development Resources

1. UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development

The UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) was reorganized in 2005 to provide a full complement of programs, services and resources in a variety of training areas recognized as critical for the career advancement of graduate-level students and postdoctoral trainees in the biomedical, biological, social and health sciences. The career center offers a variety of opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to expand their professional and interpersonal skills. Some of the training topics are offered through organized series, such as the annual “PFF-Preparing Future Faculty” series (academic job search skills, teaching skills and academic career awareness) and the annual “PASS-Professional and Academic Success Skills” series (grant writing, manuscript writing, oral presentation, mentoring, negotiation). Depending on the audience and area being addressed, other training topics are offered as single seminars.

Many of the OCPD training opportunities are provided in collaboration with other campus groups, such as the Graduate Students’ Association and the Postdoctoral Scholars Association. In addition to the offerings of the centralized OCPD, UCSF students may also have access to occasional department-based courses on similar topics.

The OCPD now offers training in the following topics, for UCSF graduate students, professional students and postdoctoral fellows:

  • Grant writing skills
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Manuscript-writing skills
  • Mentoring skills and how to be mentored effectively
  • Academic job search skills
  • Career awareness for academic and non-academic career paths
  • Conflict management and negotiation skills
  • Classroom and small group teaching skills and practice
  • Ethics and the responsible conduct of research
  • Management and scientific leadership skills
  • Career counseling and job search guidance for trainees exploring “alternative” career options


2. UCSF Graduate Division’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The UCSF Graduate Division's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides an avenue of communication among postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and administrators. The purpose of this program is to demystify the processes of recruiting, hiring, training, mentoring and placement of postdoctoral scholars and to empower postdoctoral appointees through access to information. The program offers a variety of resources to post doctoral fellows including career resources, stipend recommendations, mentoring materials, financial support, monthly orientation meetings for new postdoctoral fellows and coordination of an informational website to assist fellows during their tenure at UCSF. The UCSF Office of Postdoctoral Affairs works collaboratively with the Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA) to create a positive climate for postdoctoral appointees at UCSF. The PSA was founded by postdoctoral scholars in 1995 and is one of the most active postdoctoral associations in the United States. The PSA continues to be led by postdoctoral scholars and promotes policies and programs that will foster a sense of community among all UCSF postdoctoral appointees through social, educational, and political activities.

Intramural Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows
Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Postdoctoral Fellows
Disabled Student Services 

Other Resources

American Association of Directors of  Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT)
In March 2010, AADPRT awarded a Model Curriculum Award in cultural psychiatry to each of NYU and UC Davis. Information on these curricula can be accessed by association members at the website.

APA Minority Fellowships
APA sponsors fellowships for medical students and residents interested in minority mental health. These fellowships support conference travel. Residents may also receive monetary support for projects related to minority mental health.

Guidelines on Multicultural Education,Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists

Understanding Prejudice


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