Kameny, R., DeRosier, M., Hehman, C., & Huffman, K. (2010). Interlink: The development of web-based dissemination of training for researchers. Cary, NC: 3-C Institute for Social Development.
Over the past several decades, research in the behavioral sciences has blossomed, bringing significant advances in public health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, drug abuse, and access to health services. Recently, however, there has been a decline in the research scientist workforce, with a number of researchers leaving the field early in their careers, before they make the transition to independent scientist. In response to this decline, the National Institute of Mental Health has made it a priority to strengthen behavioral science research through advanced training and career development. Through funding by NIMH, this project involved developing and testing a collection of innovative web-based services designed to support advanced academic training, career advancement, and collaboration. We present results from this longitudinal study comparing knowledge acquisition and retention, career progress, and website use for two trainee groups – those who attended live training workshops and had access to the training website, and those who only had access to the training website. We then briefly discuss the launching and commercialization of these services.