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Mentee Application Research Scholars & Mentorship Program (RSMP)

  • 26 Oct 2022
  • 15 Jan 2023


  • This application is for the Scholarship Track of the RSMP.

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The American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) provides a 12-month mentoring opportunity to a competitive pool of junior-level health behavior researchers. The purpose of the Research Scholars & Mentorship Program (RSMP) is to mentor early career investigators in the production of high-quality scholarly research-based products that address any area of health behavior-related research.

Senior investigators from AAHB (mentors) are partnered with selected junior investigators (mentees) to help them develop skills and gain experience in research-related activities. Selected applicants are matched with senior-level AAHB members based on content or methods expertise. The overarching goal of the RSMP is to promote excellence in health behavior research among Academy members. The research-based products and/or processes resulting from the RSMP are determined by each mentee-mentor pair collaboratively.

Mentees selected for the RSMP will be matched in February 2023, and mentee/mentor pairs will be recognized at the 2023 and 2024 AAHB meetings. Details about the RSMP can be found here:

Mentee Eligibility Criteria

 Be current, paid members of AAHB in good standing at the time of application
 Have completed a doctoral level degree in a health behavior discipline

 Be able to articulate a health behavior research agenda

RSMP Expectations

 Identify three Preferred AAHB Mentors the Mentee believes would be a good mentor match based on their research interests and career goals (program leadership will attempt to recruit them with no guarantees)

o Members: For a list of AAHB fellows and members, please visit and log on with your username and password. Go to ‘Members Only’ menu for Membership Directory. Non-members: email Matthew Smith or Joanne Sommers for access to a full list of AAHB members.

o It is recommended that the Mentee contact proposed Mentors to determine their interest in the program and solicit agreement to participate in the RSMP together (prior to the application submission, if possible).

 Develop research-based products (e.g., grant proposal, manuscript) and engage in research-based processes (e.g., interviewing, navigating tenure and promotion)

 Commit 12-months to the mentor-mentee relationship, which will include participation in the following:

o Interacting for 4 hours to become acquainted and strategize a mentorship work plan

o Developing a mentor/mentee work plan

o Producing a mid-year progress report

o Producing a final report

o Keeping AAHB informed about professional accomplishments via survey participation

Interested applicants should complete/upload the following requirements by January 15, 2023.   Questions?  Contact RSMP Director, Matthew Lee Smith at

o Online Mentee Application

o Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

o Statement of Interest (maximum of 500 words)

Please read the attached PDF prior to submitting your online application:  2023_Mentee_Application (1).pdf

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