Training Opportunites at CMMHR
Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research
The Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Cambridge Health Alliance, regularly hosts qualified pre- and post-doctoral candidates to learn about research practice, methodology, and analysis to address health services disparities. Through this program, the Center provides collaborative research opportunities for individuals interested in multicultural mental health and substance abuse research. Appointments are made as Research Fellow or Volunteer with the CMMHR, depending upon background and experience. During the award period, resources are provided to facilitate the individual´s research goals. These resources include consultation with Center staff and opportunities to utilize data sets stored in house. Computer resources and work space are also provided. Research Fellows learn through an experiential approach, by taking part in ongoing projects, studies and grant proposals. The appointee is responsible for conducting his/her own data analyses. This program does not include an academic appointment. The research fellowship is available to M.D. or doctoral degree students; qualified pre-doctoral candidates will also be considered. Candidates should possess a demonstrated ability designing and implementing independent research projects, with the goal of generating grant proposals and publications.
Training opportunities through CMMHR grants
UPR/CHA Research Center of Excellence:
The NIMHD-funded UPR/CHA Research Center of Excellence fosters the development of the academic careers of researchers concerned with health and mental health disparities in Latino and African Caribbean communities. The Center recruits, trains and develops a cadre of Latino and African Caribbean investigators conducting studies that address service delivery issues and analyzing interventions designed to increase access to care, thereby reducing health and mental health disparities among minority populations. This goal is accomplished through a closely mentored and didactic research training and support program designed for junior faculty members, post-doctoral students, graduate students, pediatric and psychiatric residents and fellows, and clinical and research fellows.
Research projects stem from existing training activities of the CMMHR and the UPR/CHA RCE. In addition, junior investigators participating as trainees have opportunities to:
1. Conduct secondary analyses of existing data sets that focus on health disparities.
2. Build specific skills via professional development workshops, conferences, and a didactic training program.
3. Attend grant-sponsored training institutes that focus on research methods.
4. Participate in grant writing workshops and seminars.
5. Pursue publication and presentation opportunities
6. Attend research seminars and meetings.
CMMHR has sponsored a number of training opportunities through the UPR/CHA RCE:
- CHA mentees participated in a training institute hosted by the UPR-CHA Research Center of Excellence in San Juan, Puerto Rico (December 8th and 9th, 2010). Mentees in attendance included Drs. Nicholas Carson, Theresa Betancourt, and Daniel Jimenez. In addition, three mentees participated as part of our Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities (CERED) grant supplement, Drs. Andrea Ault-Brutus, Amy Bauer, and Carmela Alcantara and all mentees received training in comparative effectiveness research at the meeting by Dr. Daniel Ollendorf. This 2-day event afforded mentees the opportunity to present their grant proposals and receive expert feedback from veteran mentors and attending researchers. CHA trainees have been trained to conduct research activities in year four, as well as worked in developing new research projects as part of the Training Core. The success of trainees will help to increase the number of minority investigators in the field of mental health and substance abuse disparities research.
- Trainings in past years have focused on a wide variety of topics including developing clinical trials, community based participatory research, the use of social marketing techniques in helping ethnic and racial minority parents engage in mental health care, strategies for dissemination of research findings to mental health providers and clients and a new qualitative method, summative analysis. During years 2-5, three ‘mock’ NIH proposal reviews have afforded the opportunity for presentation and feedback to junior investigators by senior level Advanced Center investigators.
- Dr. Alegria delivered a webinar on Tips for Successful Grant Development and Submission on Friday, February 18, 2011. The webinar covered cover common mistakes made in grant applications, the new process of grant review and recommendations on how to align research to the agenda of NIH Institutes.
- Dr. Benjamin Cook presented a webinar entitled, A Primer on Using Regression Analysis for Understanding Health and Health Care Disparities, on Tuesday May 17, 2011. The session provided an overview of regression analyses and other statistical methods with a focus on measuring racial disparities in health and health care.
- Dr. Norah Mulvaney-Day presented a webinar on Strategies for Successful Application of Qualitative Research Methods in Health Services Research on September 27th. The webinar provided an overview of qualitative research methods with a focus on tools and strategies for applying these methods in health services and disparities research.
Advanced Center investigators have worked closely with the EXPORT grant and its successor, the UPR/CHA Research Center of Excellence to offer training opportunities. The Advanced Center has supported training opportunities in qualitative research in particular including a session by Drs. Cathy Willging and Peter Guarnacia on qualitative methods in research, to inform current and future work (October 2007) and a one-day training with Jennifer Patashnick, an expert in NVivo qualitative coding analysis, who provided an in-depth understanding of how the software can best be used for qualitative analysis (October 2007)
CMMHR's Training Core Faculty:
Margarita Alegria, Ph.D.
Nick Carson, M.D.
Ben Cook, Ph.D.
Norah Mulvaney-Day, Ph.D.
Other Training Core Faculty:
Glorisa Canino, Ph.D.
Richard G. Frank, Ph.D.
Sharon Lise Normand, Ph.D.
Thomas McGuire, Ph.D.
Rafael Ramirez, Ph.D.
Robert Roberts, Ph.D.