Doctoral Mentor Program

The Doctoral Mentor Program extends the NATA Foundation’s current Faculty Mentor Program to include doctoral students. The Doctoral Mentor Program provides a supportive external environment for athletic training doctoral students wishing to gain mentorship centered on research collaboration, service to the profession, and advancing teaching practices as preparing for a role in higher education, or industry.

This program pairs a doctoral student with a faculty member with experience in teaching, research, program administration and service to the profession to help facilitate a mentoring relationship that will support the doctoral student’s professional development and pursuit of the academic role in higher education or industry.

Program Goals:

  • Increase opportunities for young scholars to meet and collaborate on various research initiatives.
  • Cultivate a community of support that focuses on coaching, advocacy, and mentorship.
  • Provide service opportunities for early career faculty in a capacity that allows for a mutually beneficial relationship in regard to career development particularly around research and service.
  • Assist in reducing the unknowns around transition to higher education or industry.

**The program is focused on providing support and mentorship to doctoral students looking to gain additional support around career development. The program is not meant to provide a doctoral student with a doctoral advisor/mentor that facilitates dissertation programming.


Those interested in participating in the program should complete and submit an application, along with a current CV to Kathryn LaLonde at by May 1..