Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center Training Opportunities
The ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness develops and disseminates trainings for researchers, providers, and consumers with serious mental illness and their family members.
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A key goal of the Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center is to expand the group of transdisciplinary researchers studying strategies to improve physical health and longevity among the population with serious mental illness. The Center’s Training Core includes training and mentorship opportunities for trainees with interest in this area.
Nicholas Seewald, PhD
Dr. Seewald works as a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. As a fellow, Dr. Seewald develops statistical methodology for the design and analysis of studies involving complex longitudinal data to answer questions about health policy. Dr. Seewald’s research interests include sequential, multiple-assignment randomized trials (SMARTs), which provide interventionists with a stronger understanding of patient trajectories as a result of tailored, sequential treatment delivery, as well as methods for health policy evaluation, particularly as related to cannabis and opioid use.
As an ALACRITY Center trainee, Dr. Seewald has developed an on-demand lecture for the Center’s Advanced Methods for Mental Health Services Research Training Series on building effective adaptive interventions and SMART trial design. The lecture provides accessible guidance for scientists in the field interested in utilizing SMARTs. Additionally, Dr. Seewald is assisting with the study design for the ALACRITY Center’s renewal proposal.
Dr. Seewald is passionate about building statistical tools that enable investigators to do innovative, impactful science. He has collaborated with individuals working in fields as diverse as oncology, substance abuse, health services research, physical activity, and child psychology. He was previously a trainee on an NIH-funded training grant for cancer biostatistics under the supervision of Kelley M. Kidwell, PhD. Dr. Seewald received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2021 under the supervision of Daniel Almirall, PhD.