Predoctoral Institute (LEAD) Opens Applications

The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research, and Training
(CICM): LEAD: Leadership, Equity, and Diversity (LEAD) for Higher Education
July 13-16, 2022 Predoctoral Institute

Invitation to Apply 

The CICM hosts an annual two and a half day Predoctoral Summer Institute for up to 12 underrepresented minority (URM) professionals who are interested in pursuing a PhD in social work, public health, or public policy in the areas of child abuse and neglect/child and family well-being.  

The 2022 Predoctoral Summer Institute will be held virtually on July 13, 2022-July 16, 2022. To learn more about the CICM, please visit  

The application window is now open and we will be accepting applications until June 30, 2022. If you know of qualified applicants, please encourage them to apply!  

Why are we doing this?  

Child abuse and neglect is a significant public health concern in the United States and around the world. Despite the complexity of child abuse and neglect, there is a lack of sufficient numbers of scholars trained to conduct research in this area.  

Building a diverse research pipeline requires attention to doctoral program recruitment as the transition back to academia can be challenging to navigate.  

What is included?  

  1. Advice on preparing for re-entry into academia  
  2. Discussions of the latest trends and research gaps related to child maltreatment in the fields of social work, public health, and public policy areas  
  3. Information on how to develop competitive application materials for a doctoral program, including a statement of purpose, CV/resumes, other writing samples, and how to identify academic mentors.  


January 31– June 30, 2022: Applications accepted  

July 5, 2022: Participants will be notified  

July 8, 2022: Participants confirm their acceptance 


Participants must meet early career or transitioning scholar criteria. The participant must not be already enrolled in a PhD program. Participants must also meet the criteria for URM (meaning that the participant should be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Hispanic/Latinx).  

Application Process  

All materials need to be submitted by June 30, 2022:  

  1. Application form (see link below)  

2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume 

3. A 1-page statement of interest indicating why this summer institute will be beneficial to you, what work experience (if any) you have related to child abuse and neglect/child and family well-being, and a brief discussion of your intended academic and research plans. 

To complete your application, click HERE

Questions can be directed to:
María Gandarilla Ocampo, MSW (
Fithi Embaye, MSW, LISW (