, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 146-151
Date: 10 Jan 2014

Educating, Training, and Mentoring Minority Faculty and Other Trainees in Mental Health Services Research

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Abstract

Objective

The authors describe the evolution of a novel national training program to develop minority faculty for mental health services research careers. Recruiting, training, and sustaining minority health professionals for academic research careers in mental health services research have proven challenging.

Method

Over the past 8 years the authors developed NIMH-funded programs to educate, train, and mentor minority psychiatrists and other junior faculty and graduate and post-graduate students. Their areas of academic interest focus primarily on minority mental health issues in primary care and community settings.

Results

The authors began with a program that targeted local trainees from the University of New Mexico and expanded to regional and national programs offering weeklong institutes, on-site and distance mentoring by experts, and supportive peer interactions that addressed the considerable challenges affecting trainee career decisions and paths.

Conclusions

Early outcomes support the value of these programs.

This study was supported in part by NIMH grants 1R24 MH58404, 1R25 MH60288, 1R03 MH067012-01, and K01 MH02018-01A1, and by grant 048127 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (”Promotoras as Mental Health Practitioners in Primary Care: Reducing Economic, Cultural, and Linguistic Barriers to the Treatment of Depression in Community Health Centers, “ Waitzkin, principal investigator). We express gratitude to the late Kenneth Lutterman, Ann Hohmann, Enid Light, and Junius Gonzales at NIMH; Lisa Cacari-Stone, Billie Jo Kipp, Dona Lewis, Rebeca Jasso-Aguilar, Jean Cordova, John Oetzel, Gloria López, and Julia Taylor at the University of New Mexico; and Roberto Chené, Lorenzo García, Margie Gold-strom, Mandy Pino, Delfi Pĩna Roach, Wendy Thunderchief, Porfirio Bueno, Antony Stately, Nadine Tafoya, and Melinda García of our Community Advisory Board for their major contributions to these efforts.