Faculty Mentoring Program

Who Mentored You?

Susan Folkman, PHD

"I had the good fortune of participating in the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) mentoring program for early-career faculty back when I was starting out as an assistant professor at UCSF. Susan Folkman kindly agreed to be my mentor in the program. I would periodically meet with her to discuss my career and research trajectories. Without fail, she made me feel welcome (no matter how busy she was with other commitments), focused on my questions, and was universally supportive and nurturing while also being incisive. In fact, she was so efficient that she could often anticipate my questions and worries before I could even finish articulating them. After a 20-minute or half-hour meeting with Susan, I would feel like I got more direction, more problems solved, and more accomplished than I do in many other hour-long meetings. Susan has a deep knowledge of promotions and appointments requirements and was especially adept at helping me separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of where to direct my time and energy to be successful as a faculty member at UCSF. As someone who is an inveterate worrier and who is also easily distracted, she was the perfect mentor when I needed her guidance the most. I would not be where I am today without her pivotal involvement during the earlier stages of my faculty career here at UCSF. Finally, she is not only an outstanding content mentor in terms of guiding multiple social and behavioral scientists at UCSF to successful careers as researchers, she is also one of the classiest and best role models for academic comportment whom I have had the pleasure of meeting in my academic career."

Submitted by Tor Neilands, PhD, Professor of Medicine on behalf of Susan Folkman, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


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