The Advance-CTR Mentoring Training Program is led by faculty members from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island who were trained by the National Research Mentoring Network on how to effectively facilitate the mentoring curriculum. An aim of the mentoring training sessions is to help build a community of mentors who can learn together and become more effective in their mentoring relationships. The role of the facilitators is to help the group work through their thoughts and ideas; it is not to be experts on mentoring.
Aisling Caffrey, PhD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Health Outcomes at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and Director of Infectious Diseases Outcomes Research at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she also Chairs the Institutional Review Board. For over a decade, Dr. Caffrey has been engaged in interdisciplinary infectious disease health outcomes research. Her expertise is in comparative effectiveness and safety research, where she studies the beneficial and unintended effects of medications. Much of her work has focused on drug-resistant bacterial infections and vaccine-preventable diseases. Her teaching and mentoring activities span across a range of programs, which include Doctoral and Master’s students from the URI College of Pharmacy, various other Colleges at URI, and the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Caffrey has also been a research mentor to URI Doctor of Pharmacy students, URI Bachelor of Science students in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Studies, as well as PVAMC Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine, and Doctor of Philosophy post-doctoral fellows. Those she has mentored are now employed in academia, government, and industry, including leading institutions such as Harvard Medical School, University of Utah, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Suzanne Colby, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University, with a joint appointment in Behavioral and Social Sciences within the School of Public Health. She serves as Postdoctoral Training Director at the Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, leading a training faculty of 55 members, serving as Chair of the Training and Admissions committees, and overseeing the training of 12 to 19 postdoctoral fellows annually. Dr. Colby has training leadership roles on two additional research grants, including a NIAAA-funded Alcohol-Research Center on HIV and a NIDA-funded U54, the Center for the Evaluation of Nicotine in Cigarettes. Beyond these activities, Dr. Colby regularly provides research mentorship on funded K awards and serves as a departmental faculty mentor in BSS for five early career colleagues. She has also been a mentor for the past six years in the Diversity Mentorship program for the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at Brown, mentoring three early career faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry.
Diane Hoffman-Kim, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, Brown Institute for Brain Science, the Center for Biomedical Engineering, and the Center to Advance Predictive Biology at Brown University. Her interdisciplinary research program includes projects with collaborators in campus-based departments – Chemistry, Engineering, Pathobiology—as well as hospital-based departments – Cardiology, Neurology. Through past experience as Director of Graduate Studies for Biomedical Engineering, member of the Research Advisory Board, and member of the Academic Priorities Committee; and present service as advisory board member for the Office of Women in Medicine and Science, and Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Dr. Hoffman-Kim has gained valuable perspectives on the complexities of the education and research processes at campus-wide and campus-hospital levels. Since starting with Brown in 2001, Dr. Hoffman-Kim has successfully mentored 19 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who have since taken positions in industry, government, and academia.
Michael Mello, MD, MPH, is a practicing board-certified emergency physician with 28 years of clinical experience. Dr. Mello is a Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Medical Science, section of Medical Education at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Professor of Health Services, Practice and Policy at the Brown University School of Public Health. For the last 18 years, he has also been the Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Director of the Collis Injury Prevention Research Fellowship and Director of the Master of Science in Population Medicine program at Alpert Medical School. Dr. Mello has extensive mentoring experience, including serving as a mentor to physician-researchers, doctoral students, graduate students and medical students including mentorship on multiple NIH training awards and NIH Loan repayment program awards. Dr. Mello’s mentoring efforts have been recognized by his department, which named the Outstanding Research Mentorship Award in his honor.
Ulrike Mende, MD, FAHA, graduated from Medical School in Germany and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and in the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. She launched her career as an independent basic scientist and a principal investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and was then recruited as co-founder of a new Cardiovascular Research Center by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School in 2005. Her research focused on cell signaling in cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts in healthy and diseased hearts and its contributions to the development of heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. Her work was funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, where she has served as grant reviewer for 20 years. Dr. Mende trained postdoctoral fellows at Harvard and at Brown as well as Brown graduate and undergraduate students. She served as a mentor and executive committee member on a Brown Cardiopulmonary T32 Research Training Program. Since 2008, she has been mentoring junior faculty and fostering their career development, in part as a faculty mentor and executive committee member in two Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE in Perinatal Biology and CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE). Her current responsibilities in the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute also include a mentoring role for junior clinical faculty with research interests, and she is part of the leadership team for the Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program for clinical and translational researchers from Brown and URI. Formal training in mentoring includes a C-Change Faculty Mentoring program at Brandeis University and training as a Facilitator for the Research Mentoring Training program developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). In November 2018, Dr. Mende was recognized as a "NRMN-Certified Facilitator" based on successful implementations of this evidence-based Mentoring Training program at Brown and at URI.