Mentoring in the Workplace

Find out more about our research on workplace mentoring, including information on best practices for designing and running effective programs. CIMR researchers are examining mentoring for early-career health scientists, nurses, teachers and other professionals.

Focus On: Designing and Running Quality Employee Mentoring Programs

A question we get asked frequently is what are the best practices for designing and running employee mentoring programs? We went straight to the source and asked leading expert Dr. Tammy D. Allen of the University of South Florida to tell us what is known (and not known) about employee mentoring. View her full presentation and the panel discussion below.

Dr. Allen conducts research on mentoring relationships, careers, work-family issues, organizational citizenship behavior, and occupational health within organizations. Her research has received best paper awards from the Academy of Management and the Society for Training and Development. She is a recipient of the Academy of Management Mentoring Legacy Award, which recognizes scholars whose work has been germinal to the study of mentoring. Tammy is co-author of Designing Workplace Mentoring Programs: An Evidence-based Approach and co-editor of The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring: A Multiple Perspectives Approach. She is associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology and serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the 2011 Winter Fellow for the PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research.


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Laurie Lemieux, Director of Organization Development, The Standard 

Talya Bauer, Gerry & Mari­lyn Cameron Professor of
Man­agement, School of Business Administration, PSU

Donald Truxillo, Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, PSU


Featured Research Projects of CIMR Researchers

OMSN: Mentoring of early-career researchers in the health sciences
(Principal Investigators Cynthia Morria, OHSU & Thomas Keller, PSU)
OMSN is a joint project with Oregon Health Sciences University to improve mentoring for doctors and scientists that have received early-career development awards from NIH. The project includes research on strategies and challenges experienced by mentors and mentees; the development of a library/bank of mentoring strategies; and the implementation of an electronic support network where mentors and mentees can report mentoring challenges and then receive advice and support.


CIMR Researchers Focusing on Mentoring in the Workplace

Talya Bauer, Ph.D., Gerry and Marilyn Cameron Professor of Management, PSU School of Business Administration
Talya Bauer conducts research on relationships in the workplace, organizational leadership, selection and hiring practices, and new employee socialization. Her work examines workplace mentoring as part of  ‘onboarding’ of new employees and promoting leadership development, as well as the role of mentoring in learning organizations. She also investigates the effects of mentoring in promoting the education and career development of women in professions.

Carlos Crespo, Ph.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of School of Community Health, PSU
Carlos Crespo directs the NIH-funded Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, in which experienced research scientists mentor underrepresented students of color transferring from community college to PSU to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Sherwin Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, PSU
Sherwin Davidson is conducting a qualitative study on collegiality, friendship and peer relationships of women in leadership positions in academic and business settings. One facet of her work examines the ways in which these relationships compare and contrast with formal mentoring relationships.

Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., MPH, Vice Chair of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, and Asssistant Dean in the Medical School at Oregon Health & Science University
Cindy Morris has spent the majority of the last 10 years developing clinical research education and career development at OHSU.  She directs the education and career development core of the OHSU site of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) network, including a TL1 program for predoctoral students. Dr. Morris co-directs a KL2 at OHSU for mentored clinical and translational research and directs a T32 from AHRQ for health services research. Dr. Morris was awarded the 2004 Mentor Award from the Medical Research Foundation, an OHSU Excellence in Education award in 2006, and the John A. Resko Award for Faculty Research and Mentoring in 2007.

Donald Truxillo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, PSU
Donald Truxillo’s work considers mentoring as part of a research agenda examining employee selection, organizational socialization, and newcomer adjustment.

Liu-Qin Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, PSU
Liu-Qin Yang specializes in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and examines dynamic person-environment fit in the workplace, with an emphasis on the processes by which supervisors mentor employees.

Bryant York, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, PSU
Bryant York works to expand the participation of traditionally underrepresented populations in academic and professional careers in science, engineering, and technology through several national mentoring programs for students and early career professionals, such as the Student & Technology in Academia, Research & Service Alliance, the Alliance for the Advancement of African-American Researchers in Computing, and the Computer Research Association's Coalition to Diversify Computing.