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De la recherche doctorale à la traduction avec Sylvie Lemieux

Bienvenue à ce nouvel épisode d’Au-delà de la thèse avec Papa PhD ! Cette semaine, je parle avec Sylvie Lemieux, traductrice-réviseure passionnée, détentrice d’un doctorat en linguistique dans le...

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The Power of Graduate Internships With Melissa Gismondi

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD we delve into the transformative power of graduate internships with the insightful Melissa Gismondi. We explored her journey from academia...

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Venturing Beyond Traditional Roles With Wafaa N. Aldhafiri

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD we will be talking about exploring non-traditional roles for young researchers with PhD candidate Wafaa Nasser Aldhafiri. Wafaa Nasser Aldhafifi....

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Doctorat et transformation personnelle : Stéréotypes et défis – avec Alexandre Bran

Bienvenue à ce nouvel épisode d’Au-delà de la thèse avec Papa PhD ! Cette semaine, je parle avec Alexandre Bran, docteur en psychologie sociale intéressé à l’étude des vécus...

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Demystifying Academic Branding With Sheena Howard

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD we will be talking about demystifying academic branding with Dr. Sheena Howard, author of “Black Comics: Politics of Race and...

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Rediffusion – La thèse comme base solide pour mieux se connaître avec Julie Lopes

Cette semaine sur Au-delà de la thèse avec Papa PhD, je t’apporte un des épisodes les plus écoutés de la saison 4 – ma conversation avec Julie Lopes, accompagnatrice...

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Rerun – Unlocking Your Thesis Writing Super Powers with Martha Boeglin

Do you struggle to sit down and write your thesis? Is the process painful to you? Then join me in one of the most listened episodes of last season...

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Horizon PhD – Représenter le Québec à l’étranger avec Luc Bergeron et Jean-Christian Lemay

Bienvenue sur « Horizon PhD » – le balado qui explore des milieux insoupçonnés où tu peux mettre en valeur ton doctorat. Dans cet épisode, je t’emmène dans un...

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Horizon PhD – Intégrer l’équipe de la bibliothèque de l’Assemblée nationale avec Jules Racine St-Jacques

Bienvenue sur « Horizon PhD » – le balado qui explore des milieux insoupçonnés où tu peux mettre en valeur ton doctorat. Dans ce premier épisode, je rejoins Jules...

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Featured Guests

Professor | Playwright

Jonathan Adler is a Professor of Psychology at Olin College of Engineering and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review. Dr. Adler’s research focuses on the relationship between the stories we tell about our lives and our well-being. It has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and many other outlets. In addition, Dr. Adler is a theater director and playwright. His play (co-authored with Jim Petosa), Reverse Transcription, premiered Off-Broadway in July 2022 at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2, produced by PTP/NYC.


Sue Ashford is the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor in the Management and Organizations group at the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Sue’s passion is using her teaching and research to help people to be maximally effective in their work lives, with an emphasis on self-leadership, proactivity, personal growth, and leadership and its development. Her teaching at the Ross School currently focuses on the executive MBA program (negotiation) and several short-term executive education programs (leadership, change, growth). Her recent book, The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create a Life-Changing Growth (Harper Collins), brings together all of her research and teaching over the years into one place to help people grow their personal and interpersonal effectiveness – to be both successful in today’s world and the person they most want to be.


Gloria Mark is Chancellors Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine, and also spent ten years as a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research. She received her PhD from Columbia University in psychology. For over two decades she has researched the impact of digital media on people’s lives, studying how using our devices affect our multitasking, distractions, mood and behavior. She has published over 200 papers in the top journals and conferences in the field of human-computer interaction. Her recent book is Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity, named by The Globe and Mail as the #1 Best Business and Management book of 2023, and chosen as the Season 20 selection of the Next Big Idea Book Club.

Professor of Psychology | Author

Jessica L. Schleider, PhD, is Associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, where she directs the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. Schleider completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Harvard University, her doctoral internship in clinical and community psychology at Yale School of Medicine, and her BA in psychology at Swarthmore College. Her research on brief, scalable interventions for youth depression and anxiety has been recognized via numerous awards, including a National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award; the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) President’s New Researcher Award; and Forbes’s “30 Under 30 in Healthcare.”

Writer | Podcast producer

Melissa Gismondi is an award-winning writer and radio and podcast producer, whose work has appeared in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Literary Review and on the CBC Radio programs IDEAS, Tapestry, The Current and Writers & Company.

In 2019, the Writers’ Trust of Canada named her one of five ‘Rising Stars’ and she was the 2020-2021 New Media and Public Humanities Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.

Melissa holds a PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.

PhD Student

Wafaa, a Master’s graduate in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a current Ph.D. candidate at UNMC, stands out for her dynamic career. She founded ‘The Pharma Weekly Digest’, a popular newsletter spanning LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, where she curates the latest pharmaceutical news and industry buzz. With experience as a pharmaceutical scientist in leading pharma companies, Wafaa has expanded her expertise to roles in licensing and patent specialization, showcasing her versatility beyond traditional academia and industry role

Educator - International researcher

Dr Amal Abuzeinab is the Institute Head of Research Students (IHRS), Institute of Architecture, De Montfort University, UK. Amal is currently supervising 3 PhD students, supervised 4 PhD students successfully to completion, and examined 4 PhD students. She served as the Co-Faculty Head of Research Students (FHRS) for the faculty of Arts, Design, and Humanities between 2017-2020.

Pharmacien | Communicateur

Olivier Bernard est pharmacien depuis 2004 et Fellow de l’Ordre des Pharmaciens du Québec depuis 2022. Il est détenteur d’une maîtrise en recherche dans le domaine de la pharmacogénétique. Depuis 2012, il s’implique en vulgarisation scientifique, en tant qu’auteur et illustrateur du site web Le Pharmachien et des livres du même nom.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

« Il y a beaucoup de conseils de carrière judicieux dans chacun des podcasts.

Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University