Faculty Mentoring Program

Who Mentored You?

Kristine Yaffe, MD

Dr. Kristine Yaffe has been an incredible mentor to me over the past 10 years. I first began working with her informally in 1998, when I was a doctoral student, and she has been my primary mentor since 2002, first as a post-doctoral fellow and now as a junior faculty member. There are many, many ways in which Kristine’s mentoring has affected my life, but perhaps the most important was when my post-doc funding was ending. I had not yet received my K award and was beginning to think about leaving academia. At this crucial point in my career, Kristine provided interim funding and even gave me a raise and encouraged me to wait until I received my score before making a final decision. My K01 was funded several months later, and an Alzheimer’s Association grant was subsequently funded. Her support during this period was critical, and I am thrilled to be able to continue working with her. Her advice regarding my career development continues to be encouraging and supportive. She also has a remarkable ability to quickly digest complex material and offer specific, constructive comments that lead to vast improvements in the quality of my work. I leave my meetings with her feeling excited about my research and motivated to pursue future projects. She is a truly outstanding mentor, and I feel lucky to have her.

Submitted by Deborah E. Barnes, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry on behalf of Kristine Yaffe, MD, Professor in Residence Department of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics


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