Advisor Conflict & LGBTQ+ Mentorship

Meet this week's Grad Chat guest, Abby Nissenbaum (she/her).


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Abby Nissenbaum (she/her) is currently an MBA candidate and a data analyst in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a former PhD student in Social Psychology who received retaliation after refusing to falsify data as requested by her advisor.


Abby has also served as the LGBTQ Mentorship Program Coordinator for the American Psychological Association Grad Students' Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She has been especially outspoken about #MeToo and wants to raise awareness about how retaliation in academia uniquely affects LGBTQ scientists who speak out about unethical research practices.


In addition to her activist work, Abby is a talented musician and singer who is currently working with producer Riley Geare (of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) on a music release and a forthcoming EP, centred on themes of harassment and abuse in academia, as well as mental health consequences.

You can find out more about Abby on her Twitter (@abbynissenbaum) and Instagram (@abbynissenbaum) accounts.


Abby will be talking with new host Niba tomorrow for Grad Chat! You can join the Youtube Livestream Saturday (06/05) at 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific using this link!


Alternatively, you'll be able to catch up on the episode on the NEW Grad Chat podcast published next Tuesday (06/08) here!