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Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence

Doctoral Training Programs

Child Mental Health Services and Service System Research

Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health

Predoctorate Positions: 4
Postdoctorate Positions: 3

The Child Mental Health Services and Service System Research training program is housed in the Department of Mental Health and funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. This program is directed by Dr. Philip Leaf, Professor in the Department of Mental Health, and co-directed by Dr. Anne Riley, Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

This program offers pre- and postdoctoral training in Child Mental Health Services and Service System Research and involves predoctoral students from the departments of Mental Health, Health Policy and Management, and Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Postdoctoral fellows are enrolled in the Department of Mental Health; however, they may be linked with any of the faculty (mainly from the schools of Public Health and Medicine) affiliated with the training program. The training program provides a public health perspective on the need for and use of services for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders among children and adolescents. The training program addresses the need for more qualified and interested researchers capable of conducting studies on mental health services and systems of services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.

Training program requirements:

Postdoctoral fellows will develop their research skills through additional coursework to expand and complement their expertise and through an extensive research apprenticeship. 

Predoctoral fellows learn to apply epidemiologic techniques to the study of services to children with serious emotional disturbances and their outcomes and examine issues related to access, quality of care, and the outcomes of health and mental health services for youth with mental health problems.  Predoctoral fellows take a common core set of courses in addition to the requirements for their respective doctoral programs. 

Both pre- and postdoctoral fellows will participate in a seminar that meets weekly throughout the period of the fellowship (bi-weekly during the summer). Fellows will also be responsible for participating in at least one research team of the core or associated faculty/research centers.

Principal Investigator:
Philip Leaf
Phone: 410-955-3962

Administrative Contact: Scott Hubbard
Phone: 410-955-3910

Administrative Contact: Patty Scott
Phone: 410-955-1906

Danger Assessment Training Program

This online Danger Assessment training course is a PowerPoint presentation with an accompanying lecture presented by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, the Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Campbell provides background information on femicide in the U.S., offers an overview of risk prediction, and then reports on the findings from her Femicide Risk Study (published in AJPH in 2003).

The purpose of the study was to identify the risk factors of Intimate Partner Femicide. Results presented by Dr. Campbell from the study also include information on the individual questions that make up the Danger Assessment. Finally, Dr. Campbell explains the scoring system and her recommendations, depending on the score. This online training takes between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Following the training, all participants will need to pass the post-test and will be given a personalized certificate, the scoring procedure handout, and the interpretations of the score levels. The certificate can be used to demonstrate one’s competence in interpreting the score, for example in a courtroom in which the Danger Assessment was used as evidence, a certified danger assessor could present their certificate to the judge to demonstrate the fact that they have been trained in using the instrument.

To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.  For information on individual training, group training sessions,  to book Dr. Campbell for a  live training session and for information on costs please contact Mirla Martin, Senior Administrative Coordinator at or 410-955-2778.