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Implementation Research Institute to advance the field of implementation science in mental health

The Brown School’s new Implementation Research Institute, funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, invites applicants interested in the emerging area of implementation science. Implementation research is the study of processes for integrating empirically supported treatments (ESTs) into usual care, and holds high promise for reducing the gap from treatment discovery to community practice.

About the Institute 

The Institute was established to advance the field of implementation science in mental health by enhancing the career development of early to mid-career investigators. Institute participants will join a group of implementation researchers for two years, spending one week each summer at a week-long institute at the Brown School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research, receiving individualized mentoring to help them shape a research agenda in implementation science and prepare a competitive research grant proposal. 

Who should apply? 

Applicants from ambitious PhD/MD investigators, with demonstrated experience and enthusiasm in the study of mental health services, who wish to conduct ground-breaking research in the area of implementation science should apply. 

In 2011 the Institute will support a cohort of ten participants, who sought expert mentoring and collaboration to advance their research capacity in areas referenced by NIH PARs on “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health” PAR-10-038.html. Topics include, but are not limited to, the “uptake” or spread of evidence-based treatments for specific disorders, the implementation of mental health interventions in novel settings, or organizational or policy issues associated with implementation (e.g. cost, legislative initiatives, federal, state, or local policies, organizational climate, provider training). 

Benefits of participating

Ten Fellows will be appointed each year for two-year terms. They will join a scholarly network of peer Fellows and faculty with expertise in implementation science. Each Fellow will receive:    

  • One week on-site training in June 2011 and June 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis (travel funds to/from their home institution and St. Louis each June provided).
  • Travel support to the annual NIH conference on Dissemination and Implementation Research.
  • Bimonthly, long-distance, mentoring with an expert implementation researcher associated with this Institute to help craft a competitive research proposal in mental health implementation research.
  • Travel funds to support each Fellow’s visit, up to 5-days, to the site of a funded implementation research project, relevant to their research interests.
  • Pilot project funding for each Fellow’s mentored study of real-world implementation, to shape preliminary studies for their grant application. 

Candidates should have:   

  • Graduated from medical school or hold a Ph.D. from such fields as social work, psychology, health services, nursing, anthropology, public health, or management.  Mid-level mental health researchers encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated interest in implementation research in mental health.
  • Prior or concurrent experience relevant to implementation research such as evidence-based intervention development and/or testing, or mental health services research.
  • Prior experience writing a grant for external federal funding, i.e. an NIH F31, R03, R34/R21, K award or R01 application (prior/current external funding preferred).
  • A home institution with an on-site mentor who can support of the Fellow’s progress in grant writing and scholarly publication.
  • Access to a clinic or service setting willing to serve as a pilot site for the Fellow’s implementation research.           
  • The ability and commitment to benefit from all aspects of the IRI. 


Applications should be submitted electronically by January 31, 2011.

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