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Peer Mentorship and Mental Wellbeing

Practical Guides for Peer Mentorship

Experts on peer mentorship have created many practical resources to help you get the most out of your peer mentoring relationships. There are also many resources that describe how to develop and support formal peer mentoring programs.

These resources have been selected to help you:

  • Identify ways that you can be an effective peer mentor or mentee;
  • Apply best-practice to your peer mentoring relationships;
  • Identify strategies for developing and maintaining an effective peer mentoring program.



Barrette-Ng, N., Nowell, L., Anderson, S.J., Arcellana-Panlilio, M., Brown, B., ... & Wilcox, G. (2019). The Mentorship Guide for Teaching and Learning. Calgary, AB: Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Guide Series.


Johnson, W., & Huwe, J. (2003). Getting mentored in graduate school. Washington: American Psychological Association. 


Kuther, T. (2008). Surviving graduate school in psychology : A pocket mentor. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 


Zachary, L. (2012). The mentor's guide: Facilitating effective learning relationships. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 


Zachary, L., & Fischler, L. (2009). The mentee's guide making mentoring work for you. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  Coe, E., & Keeling, C. (2000). Setting up peer-mentoring with postgraduate research students (Issues in postgraduate supervision, teaching and management ; no. 6). London: Society for Research into Higher Education.


Boehm, B., & Lueck, A. J. (2016). Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Programs: Benefitting Students, Faculty and Academic Programs.  In The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 


Owen, H., & Kogan Page. (2011). The complete guide to mentoring : How to design, implement and evaluate effective mentoring. London, England: Kogan Page Limited. 

Many peer mentoring programs will develop resources to facilitate positive and productive relationships. For example, mentor-mentee agreements can be formalized with a printout that sets expectations for the relationship. The following resources are intended to be used for inspiration for program design or for you to develop stronger peer mentoring relationships using formal resources.

CILIP. (2016). Mentoring for CILIP Professional Registration: Handbook to Support Mentors.

O’Brien Institute for Public Health (2020). O’Brien Institute Mentorship Program.

TRIEC Mentorship Partnership. (2017). Tools for Mentors and Mentees.

  • Code of conduct for mentoring relationships
  • Goal-setting assessments
  • Networking tips and tricks
  • Mentoring basics

University of Louisville (2020). Established Departmental Peer Mentoring Programs at U of L.