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 impostor phenomenon (Episode 1)

Explore the following references:

  • Clance, Pauline R. "Impostor Phenomenon (IP)," Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, ABPP [website],
  • 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:

Resources on burnout (Episode 3)


Informal Screener for Burnout:

The Mind Tools Content Team. “Burnout Self-Test: – Are You at Risk?” Stress Management from Accessed February 17, 2021.

Toolkit on Self-Compassion:

Neff, Kristin. “Self-Compassion.” March 6, 2018.


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

Dunphy, Claire, Jennifer Mandelbaum, and Mary Martinelli. “Tips for Beating Burnout in Graduate School: SBM.” Society of Behavioral Medicine. Accessed February 17, 2021.

Kotler, Steven. “How to Recover from Burnout.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, January 19, 2021.

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.

Grenny, Joseph. “How to Be Resilient in the Face of Harsh Criticism.” Harvard Business Review. June 17, 2019.

Nawaz, Sabina. “How to Take Criticism Well.”  Harvard Business Review. April 2, 2019.

“Sensitivity to Criticism.” GoodTherapy. Accessed May 3, 2021.

Academic Strategies

Bennett, Liz (guest author). “Learning to accept reviewer feedback as a gift.” Patter (blog), ed. Pat Thomson. March 24, 2014.

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. 

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