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Mental Health

Summer Institute in
Mental Health Research Courses

Courses designated with a .89 suffix are online courses.  Students registering for .89 online courses must take the prerequisite course Introduction to Online Learning. The May 24 offering of IOL is the last opportunity to complete IOL before our courses begin. The module is free but required.

.89 online courses list an instruction method of synchronous and/or asynchronous. Definitions of these terms are:
Asynchronous= watching course material on your schedule
Synchronous= at one time with the instructor

Courses designated with a .11 suffix are typically in-person courses; however, for summer 2021 the course delivery will be via Zoom.

 

Courses by Topic 
 

Innovative Analytic Approaches & Method

330.621.89 Mixed Methods for Research in Public Health* ONLINE
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
2 credits

330.625.11 Mobile Mental Health Research: Planning and Conducting Ecological Momentary Assessment*MOVED TO VIRTUAL (ZOOM)
*View Dr. Thrul's short video about this course* Given the extent of the pandemic and how long lasting the impact will be for the research endeavor, being able to collect data remotely is more important than ever. This course will provide attendees with hands on experience to run studies with remote data collection.
Mon  06/07/2021 - Tue 06/08/2021 (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

330.626.89 Propensity Score Methods in Non-Experimental Research in Mental Health* ONLINE
While the ideal for causal inference is generally a randomized trial to compare treatments or interventions, in many contexts, including urgent crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot randomize people to one intervention or another.  A key tool for estimating causal effects in such contexts are propensity score methods, which can help draw rigorous inferences even when exposures are not randomized.
*View Dr. Stuart's short video about this course*
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

330.637.11 Causal Mediation Analysis*ZOOM *NEW COURSE!
Are you looking into mechanisms of a causal effect or studying an intervention with components targeting different causal pathways? This course provides guidance on how to conduct a thoughtful mediation analysis aiming to study the mechanisms through which exposures have their effects on outcomes, or to study the effects of potential interventions on variables on the causal pathway. It connects definitions of causal effects in mediation analysis, including (in)direct and others, to real-world research questions. It explains the assumptions required to identify those effects in experimental and observational studies and demonstrates how these effects are estimated. Methods of instruction include pre-recorded lectures, asynchronous discussions using the CoursePlus Discussion Forum, live discussion/Q&A and computing sessions, and assignments for learning consolidation.
Mon 06/14/2021 (10:00 AM - - 12:00 PM)  Wed 06/16/2021 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
1 credit

330.638.11 The Science of Narrative: Why Storytelling is Important to Research*MOVED TO VIRTUAL (ZOOM)
*View Dr. Fakunle's short video about this course* The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the array of public responses from health professionals, policy makers and political leaders, has crystallized the importance of delivering critical scientific information to a wide audience in a clear and concise manner, while acknowledging the profound human experiences during this extraordinary moment.
Wed, 06/02/2021 - Thur 06/03/2021 (1:00 - 4:50 PM)
1 credit

 

Hot Topics in Public Mental Health

330.613.89 Mental Health and the Gut* ONLINE
This course will include an additional lecture on: 1) obstacles and opportunities in the microbiome field during COVID-19, 2) initiatives aimed at collecting microbial information during the pandemic, 3) the role of gut health in stress and why this matters right now, and 4) review of mechanisms linking infection, inflammatory processes, and the microbiome with mental health outcomes and neurodevelopment.
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
2 credits

330.630.89 Stigma and Mental Health Issues and Interventions* ONLINE
The live talk will focus on applying material learned in the course to thinking through what this might mean in the context of COVID in terms of impact and response.
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

330.637.11 Causal Mediation Analysis*ZOOM *NEW COURSE!
Are you looking into mechanisms of a causal effect or studying an intervention with components targeting different causal pathways? This course provides guidance on how to conduct a thoughtful mediation analysis aiming to study the mechanisms through which exposures have their effects on outcomes, or to study the effects of potential interventions on variables on the causal pathway. It connects definitions of causal effects in mediation analysis, including (in)direct and others, to real-world research questions. It explains the assumptions required to identify those effects in experimental and observational studies and demonstrates how these effects are estimated. Methods of instruction include pre-recorded lectures, asynchronous discussions using the CoursePlus Discussion Forum, live discussion/Q&A and computing sessions, and assignments for learning consolidation.
Mon 06/14/2021 (10:00 AM - - 12:00 PM)  Wed 06/16/2021 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
1 credit

330.659.89 Current Issues in Military Mental Health* ONLINE
The slowing of military operations with the COVID-19 pandemic may be a net positive for military mental health. Deployments and travel have been reduced, combat operations are all but stopped, and in general, troops are spending more time at home with their families. 
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

330.665.89 Climate Change and Mental Health* ONLINE
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

330.666.11 Sleep and Public Health* ZOOM *NEW COURSE!
*View Dr. Spira and fellow instructors' short video about this course*
Thur 06/17/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021 (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

 Fundamentals

330.610.89 Knowledge for Managing County and Local Mental Health, Substance Use, and Developmental Disability Authorities* ONLINE
Tue 05/26/2020 - Wed 06/10/2020
1 credit

330.636.89 Methods for Handling Missing Data in Psychosocial Research* ONLINE
As we are all learning in the current pandemic, data quality and coverage is of crucial importance.  However, all too often the data we have has challenges such as missingness or invalid values.  This course will teach strategies to deal with such data challenges across a range of topic areas.
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

330.669.89 Epidemiology of Major Mental Disorders* ONLINE
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
2 credits

330.685.11 Introduction to Screening for Behavioral Health Conditions  *ZOOM *NEW COURSE!
Tues 06/15/2021 - Wed 06/16/2021 (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

Childhood & Prevention

 330.608.11 School-based Preventive Interventions and Research*MOVED TO VIRTUAL (ZOOM)
Thur 06/10/2021 - Fri 06/11/2021 (1:00 PM - 4:50 PM)
1 credit

330.646.89 Autism Spectrum Disorder in Public Health* ONLINE
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
2 credits

330.647.11 Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts*MOVED TO VIRTUAL (ZOOM)
This course will also address how the COVID-19 can potentially impact child maltreatment rates, including measurement issues and considerations.
Wed 06/02/2021 - Thur 06/03/2021 (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

330.671.11 Traumatic Pasts but Hopeful Futures: Resilience and Positive Youth Development in the Context of School-Based Mental Health*ZOOM *NEW COURSE!
Tues 06/08/2021 - Wed, 06/09/2021  (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

Global Mental Health

330.665.89 Climate Change and Mental Health* ONLINE
The LiveTalk will discuss common/different mental health impacts related to both COVID-19 and climate change, as well as challenges and opportunities related to mental health programming in the context of acute and protracted crises.
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
1 credit

Professional Writing and Development

330.632.11 Grant Writing: NIH and Other Funding Sources*MOVED TO VIRTUAL (ZOOM)
Thur 06/03/2021 - Fri 06/04/2021 (8:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
1 credit

 

Academic Year 2021 - 2022 Courses

  • 330.608.11 School-Based Preventive Interventions and Research 1 credits, Thu 06/10/2021 - Fri 06/11/2021, 1:00pm - 4:50pm
  • 330.609.81 Climate Change and Mental Health: Research, Practice, and Policy Perspectives 3 credits
  • 330.610.89 Knowledge for Managing County and Local Mental Health, Substance Use, and Developmental Disability Authorities 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.613.89 Mental Health and the Gut 2 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.621.89 Mixed Methods for Research in Public Health 2 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.625.11 Mobile Mental Health Research: Planning and Conducting Ecological Momentary Assessment 1 credits, Mon 06/07/2021 - Tue 06/08/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • 330.626.89 Propensity Score Methods in Non-Experimental Research in Mental Health 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.630.89 Stigma and Mental Health: Issues and Interventions 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.632.11 Grant Writing: NIH and Other Funding Sources 1 credits, Thu 06/03/2021 - Fri 06/04/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • 330.636.89 Methods for Handling Missing Data in Psychosocial Research 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.637.11 Causal Mediation Analysis 1 credits, Mon 06/14/2021 - Wed 06/16/2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • 330.638.11 The Science of Narrative: Why Storytelling Is Important to Research 1 credits, Wed 06/02/2021 - Thu 06/03/2021, 1:00pm - 4:50pm
  • 330.646.89 Autism Spectrum Disorder in Public Health 2 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.647.11 Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts 1 credits, Wed 06/02/2021 - Thu 06/03/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • 330.659.89 Current Issues in Military Mental Health 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.665.89 Climate Change and Mental Health 1 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.666.11 Sleep and Public Health 1 credits, Thu 06/17/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • 330.669.89 Epidemiology of Major Mental Disorders 2 credits, Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
  • 330.671.11 Traumatic Pasts but Hopeful Futures: Resilience and Positive Youth Development in the Context of School-Based Mental Health 1 credits, Tue 06/08/2021 - Wed 06/09/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • 330.685.11 Introduction to Screening for Behavioral Health Conditions 1 credits, Tue 06/15/2021 - Wed 06/16/2021, 8:30am - 12:20pm
  • Please note: A $50 course change fee will be charged if a change in registration from academic credit to non-credit or non-credit to academic credit is requested for institute enrollments.

    Course Materials

    To facilitate the unique learning opportunities of compressed courses, participants must be adequately prepared prior to the first class session. For most courses, instructors have prepared a packet of reading materials that all students are expected to read prior to the start of class.

    Confirmed participants will receive instructions on how to access readings via email prior to the start of class.

    Students are encouraged to register early so they have adequate time to obtain course materials and complete assigned readings before class begins.