The Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence (MARE) strives to provide a comprehensive, innovative mentoring program for researchers based on best practices that fosters and advances personal, professional, and institutional growth.

Mission

The mission of the Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence is to develop the next generation of independent, highly successful academic faculty, and advance the UC Davis research mission.

Goals

  • Continue to develop the UC Davis mentoring culture to support, reward, and enhance quality mentoring in health sciences
  • Create an environment that values, recognizes, and supports the essential role of mentoring in career progression
  • Establish a comprehensive, innovative mentoring program based on best practices that fosters and advances personal, professional, and institutional growth

Supportive Services for Mentoring

  • Serve as a resource for mentors and mentees
  • Provide mentor and mentee training in best practices for mentoring relationships
  • Integrate programs and goals for research faculty mentoring

Director

Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Director, Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute






Dr. Schweitzer earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has previously held faculty positions at Emory University and the University of Maryland. She joined the UC Davis faculty in 2007. With expertise in studying neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she uses a variety of methodologies including behavioral research approaches, functional brain imaging and clinical measures to better understand and treat ADHD. Dr. Schweitzer also has an active research program on developing non-pharmacological neurotherapeutics for ADHD. She is also a licensed psychologist and assesses and treats ADHD across the life-span. She has a lengthy history of directing translational research training programs and has been involved in multiple workforce development initiatives. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the UC Davis Mentored Clinical Research Training Program and the UC Davis CTSC TL1 Program. She was the director of the curriculum and lead workshop facilitator for the UC Davis Health Mentoring Academy starting in 2010, and previously served as the director of the UC Davis Health Mentoring Academy.

Associate Director

Meghan Miller, Ph.D.

Meghan Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute






Dr. Miller earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the UC Davis faculty in 2017. Dr. Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist. She specializes in the early diagnosis and comorbidity between autism and ADHD. Her research focuses on the emergence of and overlap between neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on ASD and ADHD. The long-range goal is that this work will help identify factors that account for the transition from risk to disorder and will delineate core shared processes to be targeted by transdiagnostic prevention and early intervention efforts. Dr. Miller is involved in the teaching and supervision of LEND and ARTP fellows at the MIND Institute.

Workshop Co-Facilitator

J. Faye Dixon, Ph.D.

J. Faye Dixon, Ph.D.

Workshop Co-Facilitator, Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute




Dr. Dixon obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from American University and is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in child psychopathology, specifically the areas of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and learning differences in children. She joined the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute AIR (Attention, Impulsivity and Regulation) Lab in 2008. She is the Co-Director for Lab AIR, in addition to serving as Director of Clinical Management and Community Outreach. She has a lengthy history of mentoring undergraduate and doctoral students, residents and fellows. Dr. Dixon served as a Facilitator and Director of Curriculum for the UC Davis Mentoring Academy from 2015-2020.