Faculty Profile

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Maria Testa

Senior Research Scientist and Research Professor
Psychology and Research Institute on Addictions


  • PhD, Psychology, University at Buffalo, 1989

Professional experience:

  • Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is about helping people find the best path for themselves, professionally and personally. A good mentor offers helpful ideas, insights, and advice based on her experience and tailored toward the mentee's strengths and needs. It is rewarding to work with mentees as they begin to view their strengths and the academic context in new ways, allowing them for forge a successful but unique path. I welcome the opportunity to talk about career (I have a great deal of successful grant writing and publication experience) and personal issues balancing work and family.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.