Upcoming Training

MCUAAAR Annual Summer Training Workshop on African American Aging Research


2020 Summer Mentoring Workshop for Advanced Doctoral Students and Assistant Professors

June 3-5, 2020

Application Deadline: April 06, 2020

PROGRAM FACULTY: Robert Joseph Taylor, Khari Brown, Briana Mezuk, Amanda Woodward


James S. Jackson
University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
Peter A. Lichtenberg
Wayne State University
Institute of Gerontology
Joan L. Ilardo
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine


  • Identify and mentor early stage career scientists of diverse backgrounds who are committed to conducting African American aging research.
  • Provide participants with training on grant writing, the publication process, interviewing for tenure track jobs and how to overall negotiate the academy.


  • Assistant Professors, PhD candidates and advanced doctoral program graduate students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

STIPENDS: Up to 15 stipends of $1,000 will be awarded to those chosen to attend the 2020 Summer Training Workshop to help defray travel and hotel expenses. Awardees will be notified 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in being considered for this workshop, please apply by providing electronic copies of the following materials:

  • A letter concisely describing your research plans with details about your current level of preparation for a research career. Please describe how participation in this workshop would contribute to your research career (2-page limit).
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • The name, phone number and email of a person who can comment on your research potential.
  • One copy of prior published or unpublished work that provides evidence of your potential for rigorous social science research (e.g. dissertation abstract, chapter, article, conference paper).

EMAIL TO: Email completed applications as a single PDF file to Ms. Minti Henderson minti@umich.edu and Professor Taylor rjtaylor@umich.edu by Monday April 06, 2020.

Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality (MIWI) Training Program

The MIWI Training Program is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary methods training program that prepares participating scholars to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with an emphasis on how this intersection relates to health disparities. The training encompasses conceptual frameworks, study designs, data collection needs, and analytic approaches necessary to conduct this innovative research. The program includes an intensive 4-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by ongoing collaboration with a mentorship team.

This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It is the only NIH-funded program focused on building the methodological expertise needed to address the intersection of mental and physical health. This program will support efforts to increase cross-pollination in interdisciplinary scientific teams, and foster an integrative approach to clinical care and health services programming that can better meet the needs of persons with comorbid mental and physical health conditions.

The MIWI Summer Institute will take place from June 22-26 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The application for the MIWI Training Program is now open! Applications are due by March 1, 2020 at 11:59 EST. Visit our Applications Page for information on how to apply.

Who should Apply

The MIWI Training Program welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We encourage applicants with the following experiences:

Behavioral/social scientists including anthropologists, sociologists, social workers, psychologists, economists, etc. studying mental health who are interested in learning how to incorporate and analyze biological/clinical measures.

Clinical/health services researchers including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and allied health providers interested in learning how to assess mental disorders and related behavioral/psychological constructs.

Researchers studying minority populations who want to employ or incorporate a more comprehensive approach to studying health.

For more information, please go to https://sph.umich.edu/mental-physical-health-training/index.html.

Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) 2nd Annual Summer Data Immersion


Ann Arbor, Michigan: June 8-11, 2020

Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) is an NIH/NIA-funded Alzheimer’s disease focused Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) that seeks to address disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) through research findings, mentorship, community links, and increased numbers of behavioral and social scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. The Summer Data Immersion program provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to ADRD. The theme of the 2020 program will be “Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors. During the 4-day program, data will be used from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

The Summer Data Immersion program advances a team science approach. It will include informational presentations about best practices for working with NHATS/NSOC data by a study Principal Investigator, as well as discussion on the topics of race/ethnicity, culture and family care. Training will be provided in advanced analytic techniques to model data in largescale, longitudinal, and dyadic studies. This foundation will inform collaborative workgroups that will work as a team to pose hypotheses and analyze the NHATS/NSOC data to examine contextual factors in family care. An important aspect of the program is an emphasis on building new collaborations within these workgroups to initiate and pursue new collaborative publications that advance research on race/ethnicity and contextual factors in ADRD family care and foster the development of new research networks.

The application process for this summer is now CLOSED. There was a competitive process for the selection of attendees. Successful applicants will be provided financial support for travel, lodging, and meals. Applications were encouraged from all levels (graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty, mid and senior faculty). Expertise in statistics or ADRD caregiving was not a prerequisite. We value participation from quantitatively-minded individuals who seek to expand their research focus to ADRD and caregiving and/or ADRD caregiving researchers interested in advancing their skills in working with and analyzing largescale data. We seek to include scholars with diverse research experiences from a variety of disciplines (e.g., psychology, epidemiology, sociology, nursing, public health, social work) to promote peer learning of new skills that will be incorporated into attendees’ future research programs. Check the MCCFAD website https://mccfad.isr.umich.edu/ in Fall 2020 for notification about the application process for the Summer 2021 Data Immersion Program.

Toni Antonucci & Laura Zahodne, MCCFAD Research and Education Core co-leads
Richard Gonzalez, Noah Webster, & Laura Zahodne, MCCFAD Analytic Core co-leads