Mentorship in Public Mental Health Research

The Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association will host its second Mentoring in Public Mental Health Program at the 135th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, in Washington, DC. The mentoring program will take place on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6 from 12:30 to 2pm on each day.


This program is open to all APHA members who are doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows or faculty who are no more than 5 years post training and have not been principal investigator on a NIH-funded research (as opposed to career development) grant. Participants should have research interests that relate to public mental health, including but not limited to psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services, and mental-health related preventive interventions.


There will be two components of this program. On November 5, staff from the National Institute of Mental Health and a panel of successful investigators at various career stages will discuss issues related to research funding and career development. This discussion is open to all interested APHA members.


There is an application process to participate in the second part of the program on November 6. Potential participants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing an idea for a research proposal, peer-reviewed manuscript or career development issue. If their abstract is selected, participants will meet in small groups with experienced investigators to receive feedback on their ideas in a roundtable format.


Abstracts for consideration should be submitted by September 10, 2007. They should be e-mailed as an attached Microsoft Word file to Participants will be notified by October 1 regarding the acceptance of their abstracts.


Please share this notice with any students, fellows or junior faculty who might be interested. Last year’s evaluations were uniformly positive, with participants pleased with the format and the feedback they received.


Please contact David Mandell, ScD, at or (215) 662-2504 for more information.