Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)
The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center, offers mental health postdoctoral training opportunities for qualified candidates. Other collaborating units at UNC-CH include the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. The program is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the U.S. Public Health Service, under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 289 1-1).
The Program will expand the pool of investigators capable of undertaking policy-relevant mental health and substance abuse services and systems research. It will provide critical research skills and experience to persons with a doctoral degree in health policy, economics, sociology, pharmaceutical policy, psychology, anthropology, social work, psychiatry, public health or related fields to gain substantial expertise in mental health services research, applying research methods to the systematic analysis and evaluation of mental health and substance abuse services, and their associated public policy issues. The emphases of the training program are the organization, economics and financing, utilization, quality, and evaluation of care services; and public policies for ensuring access to such services. Fellows will become part of on-going research collaborations with their Fellowship mentor and other affiliated faculty researchers. The Program is committed to multidisciplinary training, a public sector orientation, and a special focus on persons with a severe and persistent mental illness, insurance coverage, criminal justice interactions, and substance abuse disorders.
The collaborating institutions are located a short distance from each other in the Research Triangle, the world renowned area of central North Carolina bordered by the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. UNC-CH and Duke offer some of the finest graduate programs in socio-medical sciences and public health in the country. Close relationships are maintained for research and training purposes with a broad range of mental health facilities and community programs in North Carolina and throughout the United States.