Mentored research training is a critically important part of the LEAD Global Training Program. As such, we have assembled a group of established investigators with national and international recognition in global health disparities, mental health, public health, epidemiology, behavioral medicine, dissemination and implementation research, behavioral economics, and comparative effectiveness research. LEAD trainees will have two mentors, a U.S. faculty mentor and a foreign faculty mentor at their selected Research Site.  Mentors will support trainees’ development through involvement in their own health disparities research.  Mentors will also advance trainees’ career development through networking, enhancing national visibility, and assisting with manuscript/proposal development.

U.S. Mentor Organization/Role Research Interest
Agrawal, Arpana, MD Professor, Psychiatry
Washington University, School of Medicine
Epidemiological and genomic approaches to the study of substance use & addiction
Bierut, Laura, MD Professor, Psychiatry Washington University, School of Medicine Role of environmental and genetic factors in the development of Psychiatric illnesses
Brown, Angela, MD Associate Professor, Cardiology
Washington University, School of Medicine
Effective hypertension management, particularly among under-represented populations
Bucholz, Kathleen, PhD Professor, Psychiatry
Washington University, School of Medicine
Race/ethnic differences in development of SUDs and other psychiatric disorders
Cabassa, Leopoldo, PhD Associate Professor, Social Work
Washington University, School of Medicine
Physical and mental health disparities in historically underserved populations
Colditz, Graham, MD Professor, Public Health Sciences
Washington University, School of Medicine
Epidemiology, cancer disparities and implementation science
Cunningham-Williams, Renee, PhD Associate Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Fundamentals of health, race and inequalities
Drake, Bettina, PhD Professor, Public Health Sciences
Washington University, School of Medicine
eliminating health disparities, with a focus on cancer, through community-based approaches
Drake, Francis, PhD Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Socio-environmental conditions and child neglect
Grucza, Richard, PhD Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Washington University, School of Medicine
Policy influences on behavioral health disparities, substance abuse and mental health
Kreuter, Matthew, PhD Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Novel approaches to eliminate health disparities
Lenze, Eric, MD Professor, Psychiatry
Washington University, School of Medicine
Depression and anxiety, PCOR
Luke, Doug, PhD Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Public health policy, implementation science
McKay, Mary, PhD Dean School of Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Child mental health services, public health interventions to strengthen families, communities and systems
Nebbitt, Von, PhD Associate Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
How exposure to community/household violence, peer networks & social cohesion effects mental, behavioral & physical health of adolescents
Politi, Mary, PhD Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Washington University, School of Medicine
Behavioral science, health education & promotion
Purnell, Jason, PhD Associate Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Health disparities & social determinants of health
Rogers, Cynthia, MD Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Washington University, School of Medicine
Effects of environmental factors & child maltreatment on social/emotional development of infants
Sensoy Bahar, Ozge, PhD Research Assistant Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Poverty, child/family well-being, and resilience
Stark, Lindsay, DrPH Associate Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Measuring sensitive topics among vulnerable and hidden populations globally
Thompson, Vetta, PhD Professor, Social Work
Washington University, Brown School
Community based participatory research
Waters, Erika, PhD Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Washington University, School of Medicine
Health behavior change