Children’s Mental Health Policy Research Fellowship

Are you an early career researcher who cares about children’s mental health?  The kinds of mental health services they get as a result of state, federal, or systems policies that mandate that care? Who gets care under those policies, and is the care evidence-based? What are the outcomes of these state, federal, or systems child mental health policies?

If so, then apply to join us in our collaborative efforts to conduct research in this exciting new research area to explore how state, federal, and systems policies shape children’s mental health and well-being. 

Our IDEAS Center one-year (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021) transdisciplinary fellowship program offers experiential learning, didactic training, and intensive faculty mentoring to help launch your career in the field of children’s mental health policy research.  Please note: fellows who are selected to the program remain at their home institution, and are only required to travel to Washington University to attend the Summer Institute (May 4th-8th, 2020). 

Learn from national experts and experienced faculty from the Implementation Research Institute (IRI) about:


  • Agent-based modeling & simulation: Doug Luke, PhD & Todd Combs, PhD


  • Impact of state policies on kids’ health: Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD & Jonathan Purtle, DrPH


  • Longstanding national training programs in D&I research (IRI) and children’s mental health services research (T32): Enola Proctor, PhD & John Landsverk, PHD


  • Implementing EBP’s in low- and under-resourced environments (T37 & R25):Mary McKay, PhD & Fred Ssewamala, PhD


Please submit your application for consideration for the Child Mental Health Policy Research Fellowship by February 3rd, 2020Application materials are below.

Children’s Mental Health Policy Research Fellowship Application

Children’s Mental Health Policy Research Fellowship Advertisement

Children’s Mental Health Policy Fellowship Recommendation Form


Questions about this new and exciting opportunity to help launch your career in children’s mental health policy research? Please contact Stacey McCrary, at