NIMH (T32) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Services

The NIMH-funded (T32) two-year Postdoctoral Research Training Program is offered by the Mental Health Services Outcomes and Translation Section (MHSOT) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. This program provides fellowship training in health services research involving older adults with mental disorders. The program is designed for those professionals who are committed to becoming independently supported mental health services researchers. This multi-site program includes expert faculty mentors from four locations: Dartmouth College, Cornell University, University of Washington, and University of Michigan. 

The goal of this training program is to increase the number of researchers in geriatric mental health services research by preparing them with the requisite skills to conduct mental health services research in age-relevant settings, populations, and service models. This initiative responds to an urgent need for research aimed at informing the future systems of care needed to address the mental health needs of a rapidly growing older population and the unique challenges related both to biological, psychological, and social changes associated with aging and to the societal approach to providing care for the aged.

Program Specifics

Ongoing related research at U-M focuses on topics such as aging mental health services, mental disorder screening, diagnosis, and treatment for older adults, predictors and outcomes of comorbid mental illness and other psychiatric or medical illnesses, behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions in healthcare and community settings, and use of healthcare claims data to inform policy. 

The training program includes:

  • Mentored geriatric mental health services research training including the design and completion of a research project
  • Seminars, research presentations, and training curriculum
  • Formal coursework including the opportunity for a Masters degree in public health or Masters of science in evaluative health sciences and health services research. 

Supervision and Mentorship

This fellowship provides the opportunity for mentorship from faculty members in the Mental Health Services and Geriatric Psychiatry Sections of the Department of Psychiatry at U-M. 


Applicants must have a completed doctoral degree in medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, sociology, epidemiology, public health, health economics, or another related social science degree. 

Salary determined by the successful candidate's experience or completed ACGME accredited residency training. Start date is negotiable.   

How to Apply

To apply please email your curriculum vitae, names and email addresses of three references, and a brief statement describing why this program and a career in the field of geriatric mental health services research interests you to:

Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D.
Director, Health Services Fellowship Programs
University of Michigan
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2800
Tel: (734)-232-0270; Email: