Geriatric Mental Health Services Research Fellowship

The Geriatric Mental Health Services Research Fellowship is a multi-site NIMH-funded T-32 research training program that provides rich opportunities for trainees, focusing on mental health research in geriatrics and aging in diverse community and health care settings. This two-year fellowship incorporates training in post-doctoral health services research in older adults with mental disorders for psychiatrists, psychologists, medical physicians, nurses, and social/behavioral scientists who are committed to becoming independently supported mental health services professionals.
The program is part of a four-site Research Training Cooperative that brings together expert faculty including Pat Aréan, PhD (University of Washington), Stephen Thielke, MD, MPH (University of Washington), Steve Bartels, MD, MS (Dartmouth), Martha Bruce, PhD, MPH (Cornell), and Frederic Blow, PhD (University of Michigan).
The program at the University of Washington includes:
·       Working with expert faculty mentors in mental health services research
·       Developing individual research projects and grant proposals
·       Participating in research seminars and conferences for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty
·       Joining web-based seminars and other training activities sponsored by the partnering programs at Dartmouth, Cornell, and the University of Michigan
·       If not already acquired, taking course work in Health Services Research leading towards and MPH degree
Areas of potential focus include:
·       Integration of mental health assessment and treatment into geriatric service settings
·       Implementation of evidence based treatments for older adults
·       Mobile technology and mental health
·       Therapeutic video games and other cognitive remediation strategies for mental health problems in adults and older adults
·       Caregiving distress
·       Cognitive aging
·       Health and wellness in late life
Applicants will have access to mentors with large data sets to facilitate publication, as well as opportunities to participate in NIMH-funded research projects.
Detailed information about the NIH T32 Training Program, including eligibility requirements, can be found at NIH’s Institutional Training Grants website.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted at any time for the fellowship which begins as early as July 1st of each year. To apply, please email your CV and a one-page response to the following question to Pam Collins at
Why do you want to spend two years training to become an independent geriatric mental health services researcher?
Pam Collins, Program Administrator
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Patricia A. Aréan, PhD, UW-site Program Director
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stephen Thielke, MD, UW-site co PD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences