COVID-19 Update

The LEAD program and Washington University in St. Louis continue to operate under alternate operations due to the  COVID-19 outbreak. The LEAD program will be implemented remotely again in summer 2021. More information will be provided as the University response to the pandemic evolves.

LEAD Global Training Program

Training LEADers to Accelerate Global Mental Health Disparities Research Program

The LEAD Global Training Program recruits and trains predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees from diverse backgrounds across the United States, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, interested in global mental health disparities research. This includes early career researchers and investigators within 5 years of their terminal degree.

LEAD capitalizes on the rich resources for local and global health disparities research available at Washington University in St. Louis. The program provides trainees with the skills and experiences needed to lead multi-disciplinary, collaborative research teams focused on health disparities research in low-resource communities.

LEAD is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program.

Summer Intensive Program – 1o Weeks (June 1 – August 6)

  • Targeted skills and knowledge-building didactic seminars, workshops, panels, courses, and discussions facilitated by faculty from multiple disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis and partner institutions in the US and across the globe.
  • Mentored research with a research faculty member conducting global mental health disparities research in an African country. Ongoing meetings, professional development, and hands-on research experience (to the extent possible in a remote format).
  • Summer 2021 will be offered completely virtually (via Zoom); no travel required.

Postdoctoral Program – 1 year

  • Engage in writing publications using study data and proposal development to explore new opportunities related to HIV/AIDS or global mental health disparities
  • In-residence at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Includes participation in the summer intensive program
  • Option to extend for 2nd year