MIND Program Instructors

Portrait of Linda Louie

Linda Louie, PhD
Program Director, Career Exploration, Experiential Learning, and Employer Engagement
[email protected] (415) 514-7593

Linda Louie is the Program Director for Career Exploration, Experiential Learning, and Employer Engagement in the Office of Career and Professional Development. She helps employers connect with UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and manages the OCPD Opportunities and Job Board.

In addition, she provides career counseling, programming, and resources to help trainees explore possible career paths and gain hands-on experience. She oversees two of UCSF’s established career exploration programs: Graduate Student Internships for Career Exploration (GSICE) and Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND).

Before joining the OCPD, Linda worked at UC Berkeley for eight years, first as an instructor of French language and literature, and then at Berkeley’s Graduate Division as the Professional Development Resource Coordinator. In that capacity, Linda managed the launch of GradPro, a new counseling, programming, and outreach initiative to provide professional development resources to Berkeley graduate students. She also designed and managed Berkeley’s Professional Development Liaison graduate student internship program.

Linda earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Romance Languages and Literatures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.

Elissa Hamlat portraitElissa Hamlat, PhD, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
GSICE/MIND Program Coordinator

Elissa June Hamlat is in her first year as a post-doctoral scholar-fellow in the department of Psychiatry. As GSICE/MIND Program Coordinator, Elissa works primarily with Linda Louie to develop to plan and lead GSICE and MIND sessions in order to facilitate career exploration for participants. She is very happy to be supporting such fantastic resources for trainees at UCSF.

Elissa received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and previously served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Elissa's research focuses on the pubertal transition as a developmental period of risk for mental and physical health issues. She is interested in racial differences in the relationships between puberty and health outcomes and how they may contribute to health disparities.

Portrait of Bill LindstaedtBill Lindstaedt, MS
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS)
[email protected] (415) 502-2422

Bill Lindstaedt has been helping scientists and engineers make career decisions for over twenty years. Since October 2014, he has served as the Executive Director of the umbrella unit known as Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS), comprised of three offices: The Office of Career and Professional Development, International Students and Scholars Office and the Postdoc Office. Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to his leadership responsibilities, his career advising work focuses on helping pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research scientists with their career and professional development issues. He previously served as Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Bill is a co-author of "myIDP", a popular career development tool hosted by Science magazine's careers site. In his one-on-one practice, he has developed particular expertise working with life and health scientists as they transition from academic positions to careers in biotech and other non-academic settings.

He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a Master's degree from the joint Counseling Psychology and Higher Education/Student Affairs programs at Indiana University.

Portrait of Naledi SaulNaledi Saul, MPM
Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
[email protected] (415) 514-3306

Naledi Saul is the Director of the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development. She leads the university's efforts to teach clinicians- and scientists-in-training the information, skills and confidence required to navigate their careers successfully.

Her area of expertise involves teaching trainees how to skillfully assess and successfully negotiate educational and professional spaces and situations in the clinic, the lab, and the larger world.  From helping trainees position and present themselves professionally, manage power differentials in professional relationships, and develop their ability to inclusively mentor, teach and supervise as new managers and faculty, to communication competencies such as presentation skills and negotiation. The essential thread throughout her work is the focus on strengthening clinicians' and scientists' ability to make decisions and develop strategies informed by their own definitions of professional integrity and personal identity.

Naledi is also deeply interested in supporting institutions in establishing, building and integrating high-functioning career services at the graduate/post-graduate level, as well as teaching the professional development skills required to engender high functioning and healthy teams.

In recognition of her work, she was selected for the UCSF Chancellor's Award for University for Exceptional University Management and the Chancellor's Award for Diversity, Advancement of Women Leaders.  She has served as an advisor to the Career Forum at Science magazine’s online resource, Sciencecareers.org, and frequently presents career-related workshops at ABRCMS and FASEB. Naledi also is a Co-PI on NSF grant focused on teaching future faculty how to inclusively supervise and mentor.  

Prior to UCSF, Naledi was an Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant Director of the Career Center at Amherst College, and an Assistant Director of the Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Spelman College.

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How to inclusively hire: Which strategies will you use?

Date: May 30, 2024
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