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Tools to Support Career Advancement of Diverse Social, Behavioral, and Mental Health Researchers: Comparison of In-persona nd Online Training Delivery Modes

Career advancement in the social, behavioral, and mental health research fields can be challenging, particularly for researchers who are women or persons of color. Specialized training opportunities are needed to support researchers in key areas of career development, yet few programs exist and even fewer have an established evidence base. 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 of diverse researchers. To examine the effectiveness of the LTI, live and Web-based training delivery modes were compared. Participants (n=37) were randomly assigned to receive training in one of three ways: an in-person training event, a Web-based e-training environment, or a combination of in-person training and e-training. Results indicate a significant gain in knowledge essential to research career advancement for all three conditions from pre- to post-training. Further, at 9 months following completion of training, participants who received both in-person and e-training scored significantly better than e-training only participants, who scored significantly better than in-person participants. The benefits of combining live and Web-based delivery modes for career development of researchers are discussed.

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