International Society for Sports Psychiatry

ISSP Mentoring Program

The ISSP has now established a mentoring program available to our active members, through which psychiatrists or trainees with specific interests in sports psychiatry can be connected with mentors--ideally in geographic proximity--who have at least 10 years of experience in the field. Once mentees and mentors are connected, options include arranging shadowing opportunities and collaborating on clinical/research projects, curricula, and presentations. Rather than create a rigid framework for what can be done in the mentor-mentee interaction, the committee prefers to facilitate such interactions, and then leave it up to the participants to decide on the timing and scope of such activities.

If you are interested in participating, please email the mentoring program leader Shane Creado, MD at with the subject line "ISSP MENTORING COMMITTEE: application to be a mentor (or mentee)."

Please provide answers to the questions below.

1) identifying information:

a) current location

b) professional and educational level

c) background in sports psychiatry

d) athletic history

2) availability, including availability online

3) basic orientation toward sports psychiatry:

a) biological, psychological, social

b) performance, clinical

4) For prospective mentees, specific preferences--if any--for mentor gender, age, ethnicity or nationality, etc.

5) For both mentors and mentees, what you hope to get out of mentoring

The ISSP Mentoring Program will then make introductions and encourage mentors and mentees to meet.

  The ISSP Mentoring Program in Action!

Pictured on March 9th, 2019 are mentee Dr. Helio Fádel of Brazil and mentor Dr. David McDuff of Maryland at the Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees spring training baseball game at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. As a part of the ISSP Mentoring Program, Drs. Fádel and McDuff have been speaking remotely via Skype twice monthly. This in-person visit to Sarasota and then Baltimore is an effort to further expand their mentoring relationship. Dr. Fádel also plans to pursue a Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry through the ISSP under the supervision of Dr. McDuff, who—in addition to his work as the senior sports psychiatrist trainer for the Baltimore Orioles—serves as the Director of Sports Psychiatry at the University of Maryland.

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