DeRosier, M., McMillen, J., Davis, N., Kameny, R., & Hoffend, C. (2011). Tools to support career advancement of diverse social, behavioral, and mental health researchers: Comparison of in-person and online training delivery modes. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7. Retrieved from http://jolt.merlot.org/Vol7_No1.htm
Career advancement in the field of mental health research poses numerous challenges to researchers who are women and persons of color. The current study describes the development and testing of the Leadership Training Institute (LTI), a training program designed to provide knowledge and support for career advancement for these mental health researchers. Although other career development programs have been created for diverse populations in a variety of fields, the LTI is unique in both its training content and its demonstrated evidence base. To examine the effectiveness of the LTI, live and web-based training delivery modes were compared. Participants (n=37) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: live-only training, web-only training, or a combination of live and web training. Findings reveal a significant gain in knowledge essential to research career advancement for all conditions from pre-training to 9 months post-training. In 6- and 9-month post-LTI follow-up analyses, combination group participants scored significantly better than live-only and web-only groups in career advancement knowledge. The benefits of combining live and web-based career development training for researchers who are women and persons of color are discussed.