"The Imposter Syndrome"

"The Imposter Syndrome"

"The Imposter Syndrome"

Johanna Teske, Alycia Weinberger, Anat Shahar

February 25, 2015


Johanna Teske, origins fellow at DTM, Alycia Weinberger, staff scientist at DTM, and Anat Shahar, staff scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory (GL), led a postdoc workshop titled "What is Imposter Syndrome?" on Wednesday, 25 February 2015, in the Tuve Dining Hall at DTM.

Imposter Syndrome (IS) affects all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations throughout all levels of study, discipline, and education. Studies show that symptoms of IS do not go away at higher stages of career success. Identifying the symptoms and dealing with them accordingly is important for your own career trajectory. 

Teske led the discussion on the topic, and walked the group through the seven steps, as outlined in the attached notes from the workshop, to mitigating symptoms of IS. A majority of the material distributed during this workshop was based on Valerie Young's book, "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It". You can find out more about IS and Young via her website here


Postdocs DTM:

  • Pamela Arriagada
  • Jessica Donaldson
  • Jackie Faherty
  • Brad Foley
  • Nan Liu
  • Amanda Lough
  • Rita Parai
  • John Platt
  • Hanika Rizo
  • TJ Rodigas
  • Johanna Teske (leader)

Postdocs GL:

  • Neil Bennett
  • Stephen Elardo
  • Colin Jackson
  • Sergey Lobanov
  • Irena Mamajanov
  • Yufei Meng
  • Ileana Perez-Rodriguez
  • Corliss KinI Sio
  • Rajasekarakumar Vadapoo
  • Junyue Wang

Faculty DTM:

  • Alan Boss
  • Rick Carlson
  • Diana Roman
  • Steve Shirey
  • Alycia Weinberger (co-leader)

Faculty GL:

  • George Cody
  • Dave Mao
  • Doug Rumble
  • Anat Shahar (co-leader)


  • Robin Dienel
  • Janice Dunlap
  • Casey Leffue
  • Matt Scott