US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health NIMH Webinar Series

NIMH Grants 101: Fundamentals of the Grants Process

This presentation will provide an introduction to research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and will introduce participants to the grants process. Topics will include the NIMH Strategic Plan, scientific priority areas, the Research Domain Categorization Project (RDoc), how to find funding opportunities, the art of the concept paper, resources for new investigators, and how to find NIMH staff who can help you navigate the process.

About the Speaker

Dr. LeShawndra N. Price, Ph.D.

LeShawndra Price, Ph.D. is chief of the Research Scientist Development Program in the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health at the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she manages research and research training programs, and makes policy recommendations for increasing emphasis on the mental health needs of women and racial and ethnic minorities, as well as rural, underrepresented, and underserved populations in the United States and abroad. Dr. Price is the project scientist for an initiative designed to improve treatment and expand access to mental health care in more than 20 low- and middle-income countries, including Brazil, Peru, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, India, and Pakistan. She is also one of the NIH coordinators of the Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative, a collaboration between the NIH and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to raise awareness about mental health conditions affecting women and their families, including bullying, postpartum depression, and successful aging.

Prior to this position, Dr. Price served as a health scientist administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, where she managed federal grant funding related to health disparities, and family processes and early risks for drug use. She brings a wealth of experience to her work at the NIH, as she has held positions at the Carolina Power and Light Energy & Environmental Center, Burroughs-Wellcome (now Glaxo Smith Kline), Research and Evaluation Associates, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, George Washington University, and North Carolina Central University. She is a 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Meritorious Research Service Commendation and a 2015 recipient of the NIMH Director’s Award of Merit.

Dr. Price earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Review 101: Receipt, Referral, Review

This presentation will provide an overview of the NIH review process. Topics will include submitting your research grant application, what happens to your application once submitted to the NIH, and what you can do to enhance the quality of your application.

About the Speaker

Dr. Karen Gavin-Evans, Ph.D.

Karen Gavin-Evans, Ph.D. is a scientific review officer in the Division of Extramural Affairs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She is responsible for organizing and moderating scientific panel review meetings for NIMH. In this capacity, she ensures that each grant application receives a comprehensive and appropriate review by leaders in the field.

Dr. Gavin-Evans received her Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the University of Miami. She completed a clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, a psychology fellowship at the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, The University of Kansas. She went on to accept a faculty position as an assistant professor in the graduate-level School Psychology Program at Indiana University.

Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Gavin-Evans was senior director of research and evaluation at Danya International, a private health communications company that manages multiple grants and contracts for federal clients. These include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and various National Institutes of Health agencies, along with private foundations and local agencies.