Resources


No, it's not just you. Grad School Confidential pulls back the curtain on the grad student experience, taking a candid look at the feelings that many of us leave unspoken.

Return to this page regularly for new resources to help you on your scholarly and personal journey. We'll provide a list of readings related to each show topic.

Resources on depression (Episode 5)

Suicide Crisis Lines

Edmonton
Canadian Mental Health Association Distress Line  780-482-4357 (HELP)

Canada
Canada Suicide Prevention Service  1-833-456-4566

United States
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255

Other Regions
For a list of services in your region and around the world, access the “List of suicide crisis lines” on this Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

Dealing with Depression

Depression & Coping Strategies 

Counselling and Clinical Services, University of Alberta (n.d.).  My Mental Health: Depression. Edmonton: University of Alberta. https://www.ualberta.ca/media-library/ualberta/students/university-wellness-services/ccs/handouts/english/depressionlong-version.pdf

A Psychologist's Guide to Graduate School

Maertz, Kim (n.d.). A Psychologist’s Survival Guide to Graduate School. Edmonton: Counselling and Clinical Services, University of Alberta. https://www.ualberta.ca/media-library/ualberta/students/university-wellness-services/ccs/handouts/english/psychologists-survival-guide-to-graduate-school.pdf

Managing Depression During Self-Isolation

Counselling and Clinical Services, University of Alberta (n.d.).  My Mental Health: Managing Depression in Self-Isolation. Edmonton: University of Alberta. https://www.ualberta.ca/current-students/counselling/resources/ccs_mhs_depression-isolation_may2020-1.pdf

Coping with Depression

Smith, Melinda, Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal. 2021. Coping with Depression. HelpGuide.org. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm

Helping Someone With Depression

Smith, Melinda, Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal. 2021. Helping Someone with Depression. HelpGuide.org. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/helping-someone-with-depression.htm

Articles

The Emotional Toll of Graduate School

Puri, Prateek. “The Emotional Toll of Graduate School.” Scientific American, Observations blog, January 31, 2019. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-emotional-toll-of-graduate-school/

Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation among Ph.D. Students

Satinsky, Emily N. et al. “Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation Among Ph.D. Students.” Nature: Scientific Reports 11 (2021), accessed Sept. 18, 2021, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-93687-7

Resources on dealing with criticism (Episode 4)

Featured Resource

Haggerty, Kevin D. and Aaron Doyle. 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Contending with Criticism: Emotional Strategies

“Assert Yourself! Module 7: How to Deal Assertively with Criticism.” Centre for Clinical Interventions, Government of Australia. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/-/media/CCI/Consumer-Modules/Assert-Yourself/Assert-Yourself---07----Dealing-With-Criticism-Assertively.pdf.

Grenny, Joseph. “How to Be Resilient in the Face of Harsh Criticism.” Harvard Business Review. June 17, 2019. https://hbr.org/2019/06/how-to-be-resilient-in-the-face-of-harsh-criticism.

Nawaz, Sabina. “How to Take Criticism Well.”  Harvard Business Review. April 2, 2019. https://hbr.org/2019/04/how-to-take-criticism-well.

“Sensitivity to Criticism.” GoodTherapy. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/sensitivity.


Academic Strategies

Bennett, Liz (guest author). “Learning to accept reviewer feedback as a gift.” Patter (blog), ed. Pat Thomson. March 24, 2014. https://patthomson.net/2014/03/24/learning-to-accept-reviewer-feedback-as-a-gift.

Murray, Rowena. “Responding to Reviewers’ Feedback.” In Writing for Academic Journals, 196-216. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press, 2009. 

Paré, Anthony. “Making sense of supervision: Deciphering feedback.” In The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion: Getting to Grips with Research In Education and the Social Sciences, ed. Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker, 107-15. New York: Routledge, 2010. 

Resources on burnout (Episode 3)

Tools

Informal Screener for Burnout:

The Mind Tools Content Team. “Burnout Self-Test: – Are You at Risk?” Stress Management from MindTools.com. Accessed February 17, 2021. https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_08.htm.

Toolkit on Self-Compassion:

Neff, Kristin. “Self-Compassion.” March 6, 2018. https://self-compassion.org/.


Articles

Cornér, S., Löfström, E., & Pyhältö, K. (2017). “The relationships between doctoral students’ perceptions of supervision and burnout.” International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 12, 91-106. Retrieved from http://www.informingscience.org/Publications/3754.

Dunphy, Claire, Jennifer Mandelbaum, and Mary Martinelli. “Tips for Beating Burnout in Graduate School: SBM.” Society of Behavioral Medicine. Accessed February 17, 2021. https://www.sbm.org/healthy-living/tips-for-beating-burnout-in-graduate-school.

Kotler, Steven. “How to Recover from Burnout.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, January 19, 2021. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-playing-field/202101/how-recover-burnout.

Resources on impostor phenomenon (Episode 1)

Explore the following references:

  • Clance, Pauline R. "Impostor Phenomenon (IP)," Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, ABPP [website], https://paulineroseclance.com/impostor_phenomenon.html.
  • Cohen, Emma D. and Will R. McConnell. "Fear of Fraudulence: Graduate School Program Environments and the Impostor Phenomenon." The Sociological Quarterly 60, no. 3 (2019): 457-78.
  • Jostl, Gregor et al. "When Will They Blow My Cover? The Impostor Phenomenon Among Austrian Doctoral Students." Zeitschrift fur Psychologie 220, no. 2 (2012): 109-20.

Be sure to consult these excellent resources from the Yale Graduate Writing Lab:

And check out this article featuring the work of a UAlberta psychologist:

Watch for resources related to future shows (coming later in 2021)