ICHAD and SMART Africa Team Members preparing to host a study workshop in Uganda

The RRT program includes an intensive summer training curriculum that combines didactic instruction, mentoring and “hands-on” immersion in child-focused studies in low-resource settings.

Sample Coursework:

  • Child Behavioral Health: Protective and Risk Influences
  • Evidence-based Individual, Family, Community and System Strengthening Options
  • Fundamentals of Intensive Collaborative Child Behavioral Health Research Methods
  • Cultural and Contextual Considerations in Child Behavioral Health Research
  • Multilevel Social and Behavioral Prevention and Intervention Research Methods
  • Determinants of Behavioral Health Challenges and Disparities
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Scientific Integrity and Ethical Conduct of Research
  • Grantwriting Workshop

Research Opportunity:

Hands-on research experience with one of the following research centers working on child behavioral health intervention/prevention studies. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all research will be conducted remotely for the 2021 cohort:

  • HomeGrown STL conducts research targeted at strengthening regional capacity to better serve young black males in the St. Louis region…moving research into action for social change.
  • ICHAD conducts rigorous applied research focused on family-level economic strengthening and empowerment interventions that tackle the interactive effects of poverty, disease, and health-related risk factors for youth.
  • The SMART Africa Center (Strengthening Mental health And Research Training) is an African regional trans-disciplinary collaborative center aimed at reducing gaps in child and adolescent mental health services and research in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda through a population approach to child mental health.


Fellows will also have an opportunity to network, present, and learn at the annual conference “Child Behavioral Health in Low Resource Settings”, which may be held at Washington University in St. Louis, in Masaka, Uganda, or virtually, depending on COVID-19 conditions and related travel restrictions.