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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity


The Center for Mental Health Services Research at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, invites applications for postdoctoral training in mental health services research. The program is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH - T32 MH19960).  Positions are available for the 2013-14 academic year.

Program Details:

Our program aims to expand the pool of investigators capable of undertaking mental health services and systems research with particular focus on the implementation of evidence based mental health care.  Other priorities include:  improving the quality of mental health care; mental health services to public social service clients; intervention adaptation and development; vulnerable populations; developmental disabilities; and system dynamics. The program provides multidisciplinary training. Training appointments are typically for two years.

Candidates accepted for enrollment enter the program usually around July for a 2-year period. A mentoring team comprised of at least three senior faculty members is established for each post-doctoral research scholar to guide their development as a researcher and authorship of independently funded research proposals. As part of their ongoing professional development, the post-docs participate in mental health seminars and consultation with nationally renowned senior scientist collaborators. The post-doctoral training also includes:

  • Regular faculty mentorship for planning and developing the candidate’s own publications and research, in addition to developing and submitting winning grant proposals to NIH and to other funders.
  • Collaborating with CMHSR faculty on NIH funded projects.
  • Contributing to the scientific infrastructure and knowledge-based resources of the CMHSR. 


We invite applications from individuals with an earned M.D., or Ph.D. from such fields as social work, psychology, health services, organizational psychology, nursing, anthropology, public health, or management. Washington University in St. Louis is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Scholars interested in pursuing dissemination and implementation research in health are also encouraged to apply. This research position includes a competitive salary and benefits.

The following materials are required for application to the postdoctoral program:

  1. up-to-date curriculum vita
  2. letter of inquiry which outlines research goals
  3. names and addresses of at least three references
  4. samples of written/published materials which reflect your potential and promise for this type of training  

Applicants for support must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of award (Please see the citizenship requirements for NIH institutional training grants from the NIH Grants Policy Statement (search “Citizenship”) and confirm that you are an eligible candidate in accordance with these requirements). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to award availability. Applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit at their own expense to Washington University for interviews.

Materials can be sent directly to:
Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD 
Director, T-32 Training program
Campus Box 1196
Washington University
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Ph: (314) 935-4469
F: (314) 935-8511


  • Learn more about the Brown School's NIDA funded Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Program, Click Here