Didactic Training and Seminar Series

Training elements specific to our Co-occurring Disorders (COD) program include a survey course on COD, the BHRS seminar, four methods-focused seminars, the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH) seminar, a capstone experience and project, responsible conduct of research, professional development/ grant writing seminar, and research retreats. Trainees and mentors determine which seminars are most appropriate for each trainee to attend.

Survey Course on COD
T32 faculty leads a twice-monthly survey course on Addiction and Mental Illness. This seminar will expose trainees to basic concepts and a core knowledge base central to the understanding of addiction and mental illness (e.g., psychopathology, etiology of addiction and mental illness: behavioral and neurobiological conceptualizations, behavior and clinical pharmacology, behavioral genetics and epidemiology, evidence-based treatments, health services practice and research, behavioral health policy, research ethics). Trainees are expected to attend most of these sessions, although there will be some individual variability based on previous training and experiences.

BHRS Seminar
The weekly BHRS seminar directed by Dr. Brunette covers a broad range of topics. Presentations are: (a) designed to obtain input into the design, implementation, analysis, or conclusions of planned or ongoing BHRS studies, (b) trainings or talks on related topics from BHRS Faculty or Dartmouth Faculty outside the BHRS, or (c) from invited researchers from other Institutions.

CTBH Seminar
The CTBH seminar fosters education and collaboration through presentations by innovators in the field from Dartmouth faculty, other academic institutions, or related technology industries. CTBH brings in diverse interdisciplinary speakers with expertise in behavioral health science, treatment, technology, health economics, ethics, regulation, and public policy. This seminar typically replaces a BHRS seminar presentation once per month.

Advanced Research Methods Seminars
A series of four 10-week seminars developed and directed by Dr. McHugo, offered through the TDI, are available for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The first seminar focuses on Design and Inference. The second concentrates on Measurement of constructs and behavior related behavioral and health services research. The third varies from year to year and provides an in-depth training on one or two special topics [e.g., Qualitative (Carpenter-Song, Instructor) or Implementation Research Methods, (McGovern, Co-Instructor)]. Last, an Advanced Statistics Seminar provides a review of the basics of regression, logistic regression, survival analysis, longitudinal analysis, and structural modeling. Offered every other year; next offered in 2019-2020.

Professional Development Seminars
The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) offers an all year seminar open to junior faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate students focused on funding opportunities, grant proposal writing and feedback, manuscript writing, oral presentations, reviewing journal articles, and research ethics. The Department of Psychiatry also offers a monthly Professional Development seminar for Fellows and Associates. This seminar focuses on clinical research, techniques to facilitate application for grant funding, preparation and practice for a job search, and other topics of interest to trainees. This seminar is taught by Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin and will be offered this coming academic year.

Advanced Statistics in Medicine Seminar
The aim of this course is to train junior-faculty, post-doctoral and doctoral-student researchers in the identification of appropriate research designs and analyses, software-aided (primarily Stata and R) implementation and interpretation, effective communication of results, and rigorous critique of statistical work. A combination of conceptual, technical, and illustrative explanations with examples will support learning in a seminar-style classroom environment. Each session includes didactic instruction, interactive illustration of how to implement analyses and interpret output, and participant presentations of research in progress or of course relevant papers/other material. This course is taught by Todd MacKenzie and James O'Malley and will be offered in the spring of 2019.