Fogarty International Center grant — India
Behavioral health training
Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology in UF’s colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine, and associate dean of research and planning for PHHP, leads a program that offers behavioral health training to scientists in India. The program is designed to increase research opportunities between the University of Florida and Indian partners. Funded by a prestigious grant from National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, the project concentrates on the behavioral health issues of greatest concern to the area — addiction, suicide and mental health. The focus is on partnerships in Bangalore and two northeastern Indian cities in the foothills of the Himalyan Mountains: Gangtok, Sikkim, and Tezpur, Assam. A major aim of the project is to address India’s demand for behavioral health care providers through on-site workshops for health workers in the Indian partner cities, and 12 fellowships for Indian professionals who will train in the United States for several months to a year in psychiatric epidemiology, community-engaged research, and public health policy.