Mentoring Matters

Mentoring Matters

Professors Deanna Barch and Lerone A. Martin will speak for the Pillars of Professional Prosperity: Distinguished Faculty Workshop Series.

The Liberman Graduate Center invites you to join Professors Deanna Barch and Lerone A. Martin, two accomplished Washington University faculty members, to learn about the complexities of the one-on-one individualized mentoring relationship. In this session, you’ll learn about the different styles of mentoring, setting and accomplishing goals and mentoring best practices. You’ll gain an understanding of resources available to help you navigate the mentor relationship and glean insights into growing professionally. 

Deanne BarchDeanna Barch is the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry, Chair and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and a Professor of Radiology. Barch studies cognitive and language deficits in disorders such as schizophrenia, and the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to such deficits. Her research includes behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroimaging studies with normal and clinical populations. She uses functional MRI, structural MRI, and cognitive neuroscience methods to examine neural basis of disturbances in cognitive control and emotional processing in individuals with schizophrenia and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, as well as in individuals with mood disorders. Further, her work includes a focus on the ways in which early adversity (e.g. poverty, stress, and disparities in access to health care) shape early brain development and subsequent risk for mental health challenges. 


Lerone A. MartinLerone A. Martin is the Director of American Culture Studies, Associate Professor of Religion and Politics, American Culture Studies, and African & African-American Studies. Martin's teaching and research focus on religious and political history, the African American experience, the FBI, national security, and Freedom of Information Act Law. Martin is the author of the award-winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014), which tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century.  In support of his research, Martin has received a number of nationally recognized fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, His commentary and writing have appeared in popular media outlets such as the NBC Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, Religion Dispatches, Charisma, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  

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