Career Paths
Career Paths Logo Women can narrowly define their careers as a child psychiatrist or more broadly identify the many roles that they hold at any given moment. Within one’s career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist it is not unusual to combine multiple positions. In addition women juggle multiple roles in their personal lives. Professor Rosalind Barnett of Brandeis University did a comprehensive review of work-life balance and found that women who participate in multiple roles are physically healthier and have a greater sense of personal happiness. However a recent Medscape survey found that more women psychiatrists reported symptoms of burnout (60%) compared to their male colleagues (40%). This difference matches that reported for all physicians and has been attributed to women physician experiencing more work-home conflict.


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Mentorship plays a significant role in helping women physicians to make career choices. In addition, exposure to rewarding mentoring experiences may help to mitigate some of the negative influences that women in medicine face. Learn more.

References for Career Paths

  • Hewlett, SA, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success, Harvard Business School Press, 2007.
  • Norris, DN, Jayaram, G, Primm, A, Women in Psychiatry Personal Perspectives, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012.
  • Sandberg,S, Lean In: Women Work and The Will to Lead, Alfred A. Knopf Publisher, 2013.
  • Shrier, DK, Shrier, LA, Psychosocial Aspects of Women’s Lives: Work and Family/Personal Life and Life Cycle Issues. Obstet Gynecol Clin N Am 36 (2009) 753-769