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WashU: Mentoring is Key to Future Collaboration

Mentoring relationships developed during implementation training resulted in more scientific collaboration by participants years later, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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[Photo: Dr. Douglas A. Luke (left) and Dr. Enola K. Proctor]

Researchers surveyed 94 participants in training conducted from 2012-2014 at the Implementation Research Institute, a two-year training in mental health implementation science at Washington University, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The IRI was established to address gaps in mental health care due to lags in the use of new, evidence-based research.

Analysis of the surveys revealed that mentoring was significantly related to future collaboration on new research, grant submissions and publications.

“These results support the importance of mentoring in implementation science specifically and team science more generally,” wrote co-authors Dr. Douglas A. Luke, and Dr. Enola K. Proctor, professors at the Brown School.

The research was published in the October issue of Implementation Science.

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