Dr. Steven Lopez at USC’s Department of Psychology, Dr. Carmen Lara at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) in México, and colleagues at USC, UCLA, California State University at San Bernardino, and University of Oregon have established an 11-week summer research training program designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate level researchers to address disparities in mental health care of U.S. Latinos with serious mental illness. The specific aims of our National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded MHIRT program are:
1) To recruit the very best young researchers from groups with significant health disparities, particularly Latinos.
2) To help the trainees develop the research and professional skills to reduce and eliminate mental health disparities for Latinos.
3) To increase the number of researchers from communities with significant health disparities who receive research oriented doctoral degrees.