Phase 1

During Phase 1 of LEAD, all trainees will participate in targeted skills and knowledge-building didactic training and seminars. In addition to core seminars, trainees will work with their U.S. faculty mentors, to identify the most appropriate elective coursework for their career development selecting from coursework that is currently being offered through summer programming at Washington University in St. Louis.

Core Seminars

Addressing Racial Health Disparities
Scientific Integrity & Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR)
Social Determinants of Health/Mental Health
Research Methodology
Global Mental Health: Protective and Risk Influences
Qualitative Research Methods
Matching Community Engagement to Research Objectives
Structural Theories in Mental Health Disparities
Recruitment and Retention among Vulnerable Populations
Cross-Cultural Communication in Labs (RCR)
Evaluation of Health Services Programs
Dissemination & Implementation Research
Prevention/Intervention Research
Cultural and contextual considerations in global mental health disparities research

Field-based Research Mentorship in St. Louis, Missouri 

Increase knowledge in health disparities via frontline fieldwork experiences in the St. Louis region which is among the top-ranked in the nation in regards to racial/ethnic and health disparities.

Phase 2

Field-based research experiences in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region

Building on Phase 1 of the program, trainees will travel to SSA in Phase 2 to take advantage of the opportunities offered by three NIMH funded U19 level global research research sites across eight sub-Saharan African countries.  Trainees will participate in the research site’s current activities as they relate to the trainee’s research or research interests in mental health.  For example:

  • “Pre-test measures”
  • Learn how to work with research regulatory bodies including how to submit and obtain/renew IRB approvals
  • Learn about the consent process
  • Design/adapt instruments and measures