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, Brown School 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
Nabunya, Proscovia, PhD Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Washington University, Brown School Family and community-based support systems as protective factors for the development and well-being of children and families
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