Post doc: Policy-relevant mental health or substance abuse services and/or systems research

Program Number: 14126
Title: National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Sponsor: Sheps (Cecil G) Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/

SYNOPSIS: The sponsor offers a fellowship program that is
intended to expand the pool of investigators capable of undertaking
policy-relevant mental health and substance abuse services and systems
research. It will assist persons with a doctoral degree in sociology,
psychology, anthropology, social work, psychiatry, public health or
related fields to gain experience in applying research methods to the
systematic analysis and evaluation of mental health, substance abuse
services, and their associated public policy issues. The emphases of
the training program are the organization, financing, utilization,
quality, and evaluation of care services; public policies for ensuring
access to such services; and the social epidemiology of mental and
substance abuse disorders. The Program is committed to
multidisciplinary training, a public sector orientation, and a special
focus on persons with a severe and persistent mental illness and
substance abuse disorders.

Contact: Joseph P. Morrissey, Ph.D.

Address: Deputy Director for Research – Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
U.S.A.
E-mail: joe_morrissey@unc.edu
Web Site: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/research_programs/mental_health/training/postdoc/application.html
Program URL: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/research_programs/mental_health/training/postdoc/details.html
Tel: 919-966-5829
Fax: 919-966-1634
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: Yes

DEADLINE NOTE
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to award
availability.

Award Type(s): Fellowship

Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
U.S.A. Citizenship (including U.S. Territories)
U.S. Permanent Resident

Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)

OBJECTIVES: The fellowship program is intended to provide
advanced, specialized training in the methods of mental health and
substance abuse services research to individuals who have already
completed all requirements for Ph.D., M.D., or other relevant doctoral
degrees (4th year psychiatry residents are eligible). Fellows accepted
for enrollment enter the program usually on July 1st for periods up to
two years, depending on the nature of their chosen areas of topical
interest and the time required for the kind of research project they
will identify in partnership with a program mentor. Fellows are
encouraged to enroll in selected research and substantive courses,
either for credit or as an auditor at UNC-CH or Duke. In
addition, all fellows in the Program will participate in a regular
core seminar on mental health services research which will meet
biweekly throughout the year. In addition, a 3-6 month field exposure
to current mental health and substance abuse treatments and public
sector service/administrative settings can be arranged in the first
year for fellows who do not have prior experience or who desire for
experience with the public mental health system. Lastly, fellows will
be encouraged to attend departmental seminars and grand rounds at
collaborating institutions. All postdoctoral fellows will be
asked to work out the general scope and foci of a formal mentoring
arrangement with one or more of the core faculty affiliated with the
Program prior to beginning the fellowship. Applicants for the Program
who are accepted for admission will be facilitated in their attempt to
establish such a relationship. In many respects, the training program
will operate on an apprentice-type model. Mentors will work with
fellows to develop an independent research project leading to one or
more reports of publishable quality. Ideally, this research will be
integral to one of the preceptor’s ongoing research projects in which
the fellow will be able to function as a junior collaborator. It will
also be possible for fellows to develop their own research studies
outside of existing faculty projects as long as a preceptor agrees to
guide this work.

ELIGIBILITY
Fellowships are offered to individuals who have already completed
all requirements for Ph.D., M.D., or other relevant doctoral degrees
(4th year psychiatry residents are eligible). Applicants for
fellowship support must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents
of the United States at the time of award.

FUNDING
Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a 12-month period usually
beginning in July or August. Fellowships are renewable for a second
12-month period as long as the fellow continues to meet program
requirements. The fellowship pays an annual stipend which is based on
the number of years of relevant experience beyond the doctoral degree.
Currently (2012), these awards range from $39,264 to $54,180 (the
latter for persons with greater than seven years of experience).
Experience before the awarding of the Ph.D. or M.D. is not counted in
determining the amount of stipend. Additional funds are available to
cover tuition and fees for relevant courses and for some additional
expenses associated with the training program. Health insurance costs
for all fellows will be covered by the Program. Fellows are required
to devote full-time effort (40 hrs./week) to the training program.
Fellows may be compensated for extra work beyond the training program
commitment provided it is pertinent to their research training.
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