I believe mentoring is important because academic life can be tricky to navigate alone. Mentoring provides an opportunity to talk through issues and draw on the experiences of others.
I completed my PhD in psychology at the ANU in 2009. Since this time I have been a research-intensive academic, holding three consecutive NHMRC research fellowships. My areas of research interest are youth mental health, eHealth and the prevention and early intervention of anxiety, depression and suicide. In the last 8 years, I have had two periods of absence for maternity leave (2012/2013 and 2016). As such, I am aware of the challenges of balancing a young family and an academic career.