ALACRITY Center

The newly funded University of Washington ALACRITY Center (UWAC) brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to improve access to and use of evidence-based psychosocial interventions in primary care. Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the UWAC will address critical problems in the implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions (EBPIs) for mild-to-moderate mental health problems, particularly in underserved communities and primary care medicine settings.

The UWAC has a foundational commitment to using multidisciplinary team science, merging expertise in mental health, computer science and engineering, education, and human-centered design, to address critical problems in the implementation of psychosocial interventions.

UWAC assembles expertise from various UW schools and departments, including the School of Social Work, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Department of Communications. Together, faculty members will develop and test new solutions to address clinician capacity, intervention usability, and sustainability of psychosocial interventions delivered in primary care medicine, and support eight new pilot projects (R03s) over four years.

The ultimate goal of the UWAC pilot study program is to stimulate research based on the Discover, Develop, Build and Test (DDBT) framework that can be used to develop clinical policy or programs that improve clinician capacity, usability, and sustained quality of EBPIs, particularly in primary care medicine or other integrated settings.

Call for Pilot Study (R03) Applications: Due October 15, 2018
UWAC is currently inviting pilot study applications that support its commitment to using multidisciplinary team science to address critical problems in the implementation of psychosocial interventions. UW faculty and fellows and are eligible to apply for pilot studies; extraordinary graduate students may also be considered. Funding will be prioritized for multidisciplinary investigator teams affiliated with the School of Social Work, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Department of Communications. Investigator teams must be comprised of two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) who represent different disciplines and must include at least one senior mentor as co-investigator. The maximum award is $50,000; deadline is October 15, 2018. View the full Request for Pilot Study Applications.

Please contact us at alacrity@uw.edu with any questions or to learn more about the UW ALACRITY Center and our projects.
 
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