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Improving Mental Health Care in Safety Net Medical Settings Fellowship

Program Overview

This NIMH-funded (T-32) two-year postdoctoral research training program aims to increase the number of early career investigators trained in mental health and addictions services research with a safety net medical setting focus. Our interdisciplinary program is embedded in an academic-public sector partnership that has flourished for several decades. The specific aims of this training program are to:

  • Train fellows in the theories and methods of mental health services research, focusing on interventions for disadvantaged populations seen in safety net medical settings, through courses, seminars, and mentored exposure to research in progress.
  • Provide fellows with mentored research experiences that incorporate the perspective of safety net patients, providers and administrators so that interventions can be adapted and translated to fit the unique safety net ecology.
  • Offer fellows administrative, policy, and clinical training opportunities in safety net facilities that underscore the organizational, financial, and policy barriers to delivering care as well as the challenges to disseminating, implementing, and sustaining new health care strategies.
  • Foster communication between fellows and faculty trained in different theoretical and methodological approaches, and stimulate interdisciplinary, iterative collaborations in mental health services research that improve care in safety net settings.
The interdisciplinary training will involve faculty from the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine, and from the Schools of Social Work, Nursing, and Public Health.

Faculty Mentors

Fellows will spend their two years working with expert behavioral health services faculty on safety net setting projects including:

  • Developing new research areas and collaborations
  • Developing and submitting grant proposals and publications - independently as part of faculty research
  • Collaborating with safety net administrators and clinicians on quality improvement projects
  • Providing supervised evidence based treatments in safety net clinics  1-2 days per week (clinically trained fellows only)  more>

Frequently Asked Questions 

For detailed information about eligibility, stipends, tuition, fees, health insurance, and other trainee costs associated with the T32 Training Program funded by the National Institutes of Health, please see NRSA (T32).