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T32 Mental Health, Earlier Training Grant


We are currently accepting applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows to join a new NIMH funded T32. This training program is entitled Mental Health, Earlier (NU-MHE): Transdiagnostic, Transdisciplinary, Translational Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Psychopathology (PIs Stewart Shankman PhD & Laurie Wakschlag, PhD). NU-MHE is housed in the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci) at Northwestern University, a University-wide institute of over 200 developmentally-oriented scholars with innovative collaborative and training platforms focused on neurodevelopmental mechanisms of health.

The NU-MHE T32 fellowship provides a novel transdisciplinary approach designed to launch the next generation of neurodevelopmentally-oriented mental health researchers poised to accelerate the pace of clinical translation. NU-MHE is specifically designed to bring together personally- and disciplinarily- diverse trainees (including both PhD and MD scholars) and mentors as a paradigm for advancing cutting-edge translational mental health research.

About the Fellowship

The foundational core of NU-MHE’s training is the characterization of neurodevelopmental mechanisms of psychopathology within lifespan and environmental contexts. This neurodevelopmental emphasis will be complemented with training across three intersecting spheres:

(1) Applied computational and other advanced data science methods

(2) Intervention and prevention/implementation research and strategies

(3) The intersection of mental and pediatric health

Each fellow will select one of these spheres as an area of concentration for more in-depth training, along with their core training in neurodevelopmental mechanisms of psychopathology. Fellows will develop a mentoring team comprised of (a) a mentor in neurodevelopmental and environmental mechanisms of psychopathology and (b) a mentor in their chosen sphere of concentration.

Several positions are available for up to two-year appointments. The successful applicant must have completed the PhD and/or MD plus advanced research training prior to the start of the position and must have US citizenship or permanent resident status. We are committed to creating a diverse group of trainees and welcome applicants from across under-represented racial and ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

Admissions are rolling, with preferred start date by September 1, 2021.

Please visit for more information about the NU-MHE training project and to see the faculty mentor profiles. For more information or with questions, please contact Center Associate Director, Jessica Horowitz, PhD.

To Apply

Eligibility criteria by start of fellowship

  •  Completion of research or clinical PhD and/or MD degree (MD must have research degree – e.g., PhD, MSCI, MPH – or other advanced research training). Candidates who have not yet completed their degree but will have done so prior to the start of the fellowship, must provide official written documentation of completion date from Department or School.
  • Advanced research training in fields such as: developmental psychopathology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, social determinants of mental health, mental health prevention and treatment and/or mental health disparities, or related fields
  • US Citizenship or permanent resident status

To submit your application materials, go to



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