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  • One copy of prior published or unpublished work that provides evidence of your potential for rigorous social science research (e.g. dissertation abstract, chapter, article, conference paper).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 Summer Training Program is an exciting opportunity for early-career scientists to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with a focus on health disparities. Our unique program structure provides intensive support for scholars to develop research skills in these key areas.

Deadline for Application – March 1, 2021


Program Structure

The MIWI Training Program supports scholars’ research with three key components.

Summer Institute
A 4-day summer institute in which scholars participate in seminars, work-groups, and individual meetings with mentors focused on conducting integrative research on the intersection of mental and physical health and health disparities.

Ongoing Mentorship
Scholars will be matched with two research mentors who will support ongoing development. Mentors will be chosen based on scholars’ areas of research and training needs.

Research Network Building
The MIWI Training Program will support your research productivity and work dissemination using a personal training plan. Additionally, scholars will be able to maintain contact with MIWI faculty, scholar peers, and partnering organizations.

Program Timeline

Scholars will participate activities before, during, and after the residential summer institute. Below is a timeline of what you can expect.

Prior to the institute scholars will participate in webinars for sharing logistics, reviewing pre-work, and developing a common language. Additionally, they will take a baseline assessment to share their skills and needs. Scholars will also make initial contact with their mentorship teams.

Summer Institute
Scholars will participate in seminars focused on conceptual frameworks, study design, data collection, and data analysis. They will also collaborate in small groups to work on research proposals. Individual meetings with mentors, summer institute faculty, and program partners will be interspersed throughout the week.

In the 9-months following the summer institute, scholars will maintain communication with their mentorship team and scholar peers. Scholars will have opportunities to disseminate research and continue education through trainings and webinars.

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/join-us/about.html

Please submit all application materials using this form. Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021. If you have technical difficulties with this form, you can email materials to miwitraining@umich.edu.

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