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Research Scholars & Mentorship Program (RSMP)

The Academy provides a 12-month mentoring and scholarship opportunity to a competitive pool of  health behavior researchers. The purpose of the RSMP is to provide structured mentorship  to investigators in the production of high-quality, scholarly, research-based products that address any area of health behavior-related research. The research-based products and/or processes resulting from the RSMP are determined by each mentee-mentor or scholar-scholar pair collaboratively. Senior investigators from AAHB (mentors) are partnered with selected investigators (mentees/scholars) and matches are made based on content or methods expertise.

Advancing Academic Careers Through Formal Professional Mentorship (PDF Article).

Collective Impact from each cohort can be found on the RSMP Collective Impact page.

Research Scholars & Mentorship Program

The Research Scholars & Mentorship Program (RSMP) was formed in 2011 to facilitate high-quality mentorship interactions among junior and seasoned investigators within the Academy.

Matched based on their research interests, each Mentee-Mentor Pair works together to develop skills and gain experience in conducting research-related activities. Ultimately, this program was designed to cultivate and nurture the next generation of scholars to promote productive research-driven careers that exude excellence in health behavior research.

Recognizing that mentorship takes many forms and is important at all career stages, the RSMP has been reimagined to incorporate a Scholarship Track. This new track will pair together Academy members to collaborate on research and expand their existing skillsets.

The RSMP is now accepting applications for the 2024 Cohort for the below tracks.

Mentorship Track pairs more junior Academy members with more seasoned members to generate research-based products processes (e.g., interviewing, navigating tenure and promotion).

  • Mentee applicants are typically Assistant Professors or those within 7 years of terminal degree
  • Mentors are typically Associate or Full Professors or Fellows of the Academy

Scholarship Track pairs Academy members wanting to form new research collaborations, expand their productivity, and learn about new fields, topics, and methodological approaches. Paired scholars will generate research-based products and collaborate in various forms of scholarship.

  • Applicants can be at any rank, but are typically Associate/Full Professors or Fellows of the Academy
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in pairs (not required)

Applications will be accepted through February 9, 2024. Any Academy member is welcomed to apply. Applicants must be current AAHB members at the time of application.

For additional information or for a current AAHB Member List, please contact Dr. Matthew Lee Smith (
Click here to read about the RSMP.

Read more about the mentorship program, download the PDF file

Mentee and Scholar Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a current, paid member of AAHB in good standing at the time of application
  • Have completed a doctoral level degree in a health behavior discipline
  • Mentee applicants must be able to articulate a health behavior research agenda
  • Previous RSMP participants are encouraged to apply for the new Scholarship Track

Application Process

The applicants should identify 3 preferred AAHB mentors/scholars. It is recommended, but not required, that the applicant contact proposed AAHB members prior to submitting an application to determine their interest in the program and solicit agreement to participate in the RSMP. The program leadership will also attempt to recruit preferred mentors/scholars, but a match is not guaranteed. For a directory of AAHB members, log in with your account and navigate to the "Members Only" menu for the Membership Directory. Applicants that are not yet members may email Joanne Sommers to request a full list of AAHB members.

Application Links

Mentee Application Link

Scholar Application Link:

Program elements

Pairs will commit 12 months to the program and agree to participate in the following:

  • Developing a mentor/mentee or scholar/scholar work plan
  • Identify and develop research-based products (e.g., grant proposal, manuscript) and engage in research-based processes (e.g., interviewing, navigating tenure and promotion)
  • A teleconference kick-off meeting
  • Four hours of face-to-face dedicated mentoring time at the next annual AAHB meeting
  • Produce a mid-year progress report
  • Produce a final report
  • Keep AAHB informed about professional accomplishments via survey participation

2023 Research Scholars/Teams

Mentorship Track

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Tiffany Marcantonio Dr. David Seal
Dr. Rahma Mkuu Dr. Idethia Shevon Harvey
Dr. Malinee Neelamegam Dr. Annie Nguyen*
Dr. Matthew Lee Smith*
Dr. Tyler Prochnow Dr. Jamilia Blake*
Dr. Philip Massey*
Dr. Andrew Yockey Dr. Matthew Rossheim*
Dr. Steven Sussman*
Dr. Xia Zheng Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin

* Also partnered in the Scholarship Track

Scholarship Track

Scholar Scholar
Dr. Ann Amuta Dr. Lorraine Reitzel
Dr. Sarah Maness Dr. Erika Thompson

Previous Years


Welcome 2022 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Nolan Kline Dr. Scott Rhodes
Dr. Benjamin Montemayor Dr. Ashley Merianos
Dr. Alyssa Robillard Dr. David Seal



Welcome 2021 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Stacey Griner Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol
Dr. Wasantha Jayawardene Dr. Elizabeth Richards
Dr. Andrea McDonald Dr. Daphne Hernandez
Dr. Qian Wang Dr. Adam Leventhal



Welcome 2020 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Xuewei Chen Dr. Gary Kreps
Dr. Page Dobbs Dr. Paul Branscum
Dr. Christine Hackman Dr. Paul Branscum
Dr. Ming Li Dr. Gary Kreps
Dr. Chisom Odoh Dr. Daphne Hernandez
Dr. Andrew Pickett Dr. Matthew Lee Smith
Dr. Daniel Valdez Dr. Jennifer Unger
Dr. Shana Walsh Dr. Anna Greer



Welcome 2019 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Nipa Kamdar Dr. Anna Greer
Dr. Rachael Nolan Dr. Jon Agley
Dr. Megan Patterson Dr. Katie Heinrich
Dr. Brittany Shuler Dr. Elaine Borawski
Dr. Selina Stasi Dr. Renée Umstattd Meyer
Dr. Lisa Wigfall Dr. Rick Zimmerman



Welcome 2018 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Derek Crawford Dr. Katie Heinrich
Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa Dr. Michael Rovito
Dr. Jessica King Dr. Christine Delnevo
Dr. Ping Ma Dr. Lara McKenzie
Dr. Yumary Ruiz Dr. Rita Debate
Dr. Erika Thompson Dr. David Seal
Dr. Amanda Wilkerson Dr. Renée Umstattd Meyer



Welcome 2017 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Lauren Bartsch Dr. Jennifer Unger
Dr. Wura Jacobs Dr. Adam Barry
Dr. Julie Merten Dr. Lara McKenzie
Dr. Julia Painter Dr. Carl Latkin
Dr. Michael Rovito Dr. Derek Griffith
Dr. Lori Spruance Dr. Jay Maddock



Welcome 2016 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Haijuan Gao Dr. Xiaoming Li
Dr. Wenhua Lu Dr. Thomas R. Kirchner
Dr. Sarah B. Maness Dr. Lorraine R. Reifzel
Dr. Brittany L. Rosen Dr. Gary L. Keeps
Dr. Matthew E. Rossheim Dr. Mark B. Reed
Dr. Ledric D. Sherman Dr. Derek M. Griffith
Dr. Samuel D Towne, Jr. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith
Dr. Karen H. Kim Yeary Dr. Paul Estabrooks

View the 2016 Research Scholars and Mentoring Program Biographies



Welcome 2015 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Michael Mackenzie Dr. Diane Abatemarco
Dr. Rodney Joseph Dr. Jay Maddock
Dr. Annie Nguyen Dr. Scott Rhodes
Dr. Christina Sun Dr. David Seal
Dr. Nathan Smith Dr. David Seal
Dr. Paul Branscum Dr. Lorraine Wallace
Dr. Rachel Torres Dr. Derek Griffith
Dr. Ashley Merianos Dr. Adam Barry
Dr. Daphne Hernandez Dr. Lisako McKyer
Dr. Abigail Gamble Dr. Mark Kittleson
Dr. Katie Crosslin Dr. Kelli England Will

View the 2015 Research Scholars and Mentoring Program Biographies



Congratulations to the 2013 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Kimberly Hieftje Dr. Ken McLeroy



Welcome 2012 AAHB RSMP Cohort

Mentees Mentors
Dr. Shevron Harvey Dr. Andrea Gielen
Dr. Dawnavan Davis Dr. Cheryl Holt
Dr. Latrice Pichon Dr. Janice Bowie
Dr. Shedra Snipes Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa
Dr. Dawn Richardson Dr. Ken McLeroy
Dr. Louis Graham Dr. David Seal


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