Research Mentor Training Workshop

By: Krista Hutchins

July 12, 2017

Clinical and Translational Research Mentoring Workshop 

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research invites you to become a more effective mentor.

August 8th from 8 am-4 pm – The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host a research mentor training workshop facilitated by master facilitators from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) in the Robert Ball Conference Room of the BioTech One building.  The NRMN is an initiative supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to diversify the biomedical workforce through mentoring.

This workshop is based on the published curriculum of Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers that was developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). Through a process-based approach, participants will explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring, have opportunities for reflection on mentoring skills, participate in a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas, and share strategies for success. Core competencies such as maintaining effective communication, aligning expectations, and promoting research self-efficacy will be addressed.

Last year, more than 35 faculty attended the first translational research mentoring workshop sponsored by the Wright Center in partnership with ICTR. Facilitated by Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews, NRMN master facilitator and Stephanie House, Co-Director of the Master Facilitator Initiative at ICTR, the workshop was geared for developing mentoring relationship skills of early career, mid-level, and senior clinical and basic biomedical faculty. Attending faculty members represented a diverse assemblage of clinical and basic research departments at VCU.

This year’s mentoring workshop will be facilitated by both Dr. Diggs-Andrews and Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Wisconsin and co-investigator of the NIH grant that funded the National Research Mentoring Network.

RSVP is required for this event at:

For registration questions, please contact T’Keyah Johnson at 804-628-5414 or

For content questions, please contact Dr. Teraya Donaldson at

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Angela Byars-Winston

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Counseling psychologist and Associate Professor in the UW Department of Medicine, And Director of Research and Evaluation in the UW Center for Women’s Health Research.

Dr. Byars-Winston investigates cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with the aim of broadening their participation in these fields. Dr. Byars-Winston was Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 grant to measure and test critical factors in research training interventions for mentors of ethnically diverse mentees in biological science. She is currently co-leading (multi-PI with Dr. Christine Pfund) a renewal of that R01 grant to investigate and intervene on research mentors’ cultural diversity awareness. She is co-investigator on the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) grant from the NIH in the Mentor Training Core in which she leads the Culturally Aware Mentorship (CAM) team that is launching innovative training interventions nationwide to build capacity of research mentors to effectively navigate cultural diversity matters in their research mentoring relationships. Dr. Byars-Winston was selected as a 2011 Champion of Change by the White House through President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative for her research efforts to diversify science fields, received the University of Wisconsin’s 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color Award, and is an elected Fellow in the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Byars-Winston is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board. She is a graduate of San Diego State University (bachelor’s and master’s degrees) and Arizona State University (doctoral degree).

Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews

Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC

Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD is the founder and CEO of Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC, a consulting and media company who goals is to broaden accessibility to science careers through science outreach, diversity training, and professional development. Dr. Diggs-Andrews is a trained neuroscientist and cell biologist who earned her PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. She was also the recipient of the NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Chancellor’s Diversity Graduate Fellowship, and a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Supplement. In her previous role, she served as the Education and Mentoring Fellow with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and spearheaded an NSF-funded program to develop ASM’s mentoring capacity, to advance investigator-educator collaborations and interdisciplinary research, and to broaden participation of underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. She is also a Master Facilitator with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and has organized and co-facilitated Research Mentor Training workshops for graduate trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and junior and senior faculty.

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