Project Sponsor(s): Ali Asghar-Ali, M.D., Jennifer Bryan Ph.D.
Project Title: Mental Health Research and Education
The Veterans Administration (VA) has a strong commitment to improving the mental health of our Nation’s Veterans while supporting those who provide mental health services (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers). The South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (SC MIRECC) focuses on promoting equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. The SC MIRECC’s mission works synergistically with the VA’s mission to improve mental health care by developing and disseminating evidence based educational material, tools and interventions that focus on improving mental health care.
This research opportunity is specifically with the education core of the SC MIRECC. Examples of current projects include: creation of a suicide prevention simulation training for primary care providers, development of online dementia education modules, creation of online mental health certification for primary care providers, and annual mental health provider needs assessment and training. The interprofessional education team has members from: Psychiatry, Social Work, and Social Health Psychology. The student would be involved in the development of educational materials along with their dissemination and evaluation. There are ample opportunities for students to write mentored manuscripts and poster presentations. Students can learn more about the educational efforts of the SC MIRECC by visiting the site, http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn16/education.asp
Institution and Location:
Houston Center for Innovations in Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness (IQuEST)
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, Texas 77021
Eligibility for international students?: No
Expectations of student:
- The student will devote 10 hours per week to the project.
- The student will develop a timetable of activities in collaboration with Dr. Asghar-Ali.
- The student will meet with Dr. Asghar-Ali or a team member for a ½ hour biweekly meeting to evaluate progress.
There are no formal prerequisites; this project is open to every Rice student beyond their first year of studies. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in education, evaluation, and dissemination, are team and detail oriented, and write well. Health science, education, psychology, and communication students are especially encouraged to apply.
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain:
This project presents an opportunity to advance the student’s skills with educational material creation, dissemination, evaluation, and scholarly writing. Students will also be exposed to the current mental health research.