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Thriving as a First Gen Graduate Student With Dominique Louër

In this week’s episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I sat down with the Dominique Louër, a 4th-year PhD candidate at McGill University. Dominique shared her journey...

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The PhD Application Process 101 With Don Martin

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I’m thrilled to welcome Don Martin, an expert in graduate enrollment and the founder of Grad School Roadmap. In this...

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Comment trouver sa tribu après le doctorat avec Mrim Boutla (rediffusion)

Nous ne sommes pas tous faits pareils. Ce qui nous motive, ce qui nous passionne, nos valeurs, nos priorités dans la vie, tous ces traits font de nous qui...

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Avoiding Career Narrative Pitfalls as a PhD with Jonathan Adler

Welcome to a new episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD! In this episode, David is joined by Jonathan Adler, professor of psychology at Olin College of Engineering...

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Building Skills Through Flexing With Sue Asfhord

Welcome to a new episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, where we dive deep into the world of personal and interpersonal effectiveness with Professor Sue Ashford of...

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Papa PhD présente Thèsez-vous – Podcasthon 2024

Cette semaine sur Au-delà de la thèse avec Papa PhD, je t’apporte un épisode spécial Podcasthon 2024, où je te présente une association dont la mission est de créer...

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Optimizing Focus and Attention With Gloria Mark

Are you a graduate student struggling to maintain your focus amidst a barrage of digital distractions? In this episode of Beyond the Thesis with Papa PhD we dive deep...

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Horizon PhD – Le conseil scientifique aux villes avec Julie-Maude Normandin

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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Featured Guests

PhD Researcher

Dominique is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, specializing in neurolinguistics. Her research explores the intersection of bilingualism, brain function, and aging. She completed her undergraduate studies in linguistics at the University of Winnipeg and went on to earn two master’s degrees at the University of Waterloo in linguistics and psychology, respectively. Drawing from her multidisciplinary background in linguistics and psychology, she advocates for holistic aging solutions, emphasizing the importance of factors like bilingualism in maintaining cognitive health. In her spare time, Dominique enjoys spending time outside, drinking overpriced lattes with friends, and bouldering.

Graduate Admissions Expert

Don Martin spent 28 years in full-time enrollment management, including positions at Columbia, University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He founded Grad School Road Map in 2008 and has coached over 400 Ph.D. applicants since then, with a 97% acceptance rate.


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.

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.


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.

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