Psychology, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34:1 (2003), pp. 88–94. Copyright © 2003 by the American Psychological Association. Inc. Used by permission. “This article may not exactly replicate the fi nal version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.”


How do newly appointed academic psychologists with applied interests navigate the diverse and unique challenges of establishing themselves as academicians while pursuing clinical interests? Based on the experience of 4 new professionals. this article highlights the adjustments that must be made when making the transition from trainee to professional, the challenges encountered as a new faculty member, and the pursuit of applied interests as a junior faculty member. Strategies for avoiding the pitfalls that one may encounter when attempting to combine academic with applied interests are discussed.