Research Subcommittee

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The Diversity Committee’s Research Subcommittee aims to:

  1. Increase and support effective, socially-attuned research, including antiracist and DEI-focused research
  2. Optimize and respect diversity in our research populations/samples
  3. Increase diversity among our current and future researchers (including staff, trainees, and faculty)

Subcommittee members


Johanna Folk, PhD


Lauren Haack, PhD


Alexander Bazazi, MD, PhD


Ethan Dutcher, MD, PhD


Kelly Edyburn, PhD


Stephanie Haft


David Hoskins, PsyD, MAS


Jessica Hua, PhD


Kaja LeWinn, ScD


Caravella McCuistian, PhD, MA


Monica Noriega, PsyD


Rachel Ranney, PhD


Erin Reilly, PhD


Susan Voglmaier, MD, PhD

Underrepresented Minority (URM) Research Mentoring Award

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Underrepresented Minority (URM) Research Mentoring Award was established to recognize excellence in research mentorship of departmental trainees who are underrepresented minorities in medicine, including psychiatric and biobehavioral research fields. 

  • Nominations can include individuals across all ranks!
  • The mentoring activities need not have taken place within the context of a primary mentoring role (i.e., informal mentorship roles should be included in the evaluation of the candidate)
  • Peer mentorship counts!!!

Nominations are now open!


Previous URM Research Mentoring Award recipients

NIH diversity supplements

Looking to hire a college graduate into a junior specialist or staff resource associate (SRA) position? Consider applying for an NIH diversity supplement to support their research experience if they plan to go on to graduate school.

Per NIH guidelines, under-represented minorities in biomedical research include:

  • The following racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.
  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. (Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.)

More helpful information about NIH diversity supplements is available from CTSI, as well as an overview of the UCSF infrastructure in place to support diversity supplement proposals.

Download slides from this Research Town Hall


The UCSF Post-Baccalaureate Research Opportunity to Promote Equity in Learning (PROPEL) Program is a 1- to 2-year paid post-baccalaureate research opportunity serving 10-15 incoming post-bac researchers from groups underrepresented in science through a modest financial incentive for faculty hiring managers, career and professional development training sessions, networking opportunities, and laboratory mentorship. The trainees would have a salary (~41k) and benefits, some supported by NIH supplements in combination with additional incentives ($10-15K) to sponsor the lab work and training of the trainees in their labs.

If you have job openings in your lab, please consider listing them on the PROPEL website.

Career development opportunities

National grants for women and minoritized trainees

UC grants and other resources

UCSF grants and other resources

UCSF research centers focusing on women and minority populations

Recommended reading

Selected publications

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  14. Stahl SM, Vasquez L. Approaches to improving recruitment and retention of minority elders participating in research: examples from selected research groups including the National Institute on Aging's ResourceCenters for Minority Aging Research. J Aging Health. 2004 Nov;16(5 Suppl):9S-17S. PubMed PMID:15448284.
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  16. Areán PA, Alvidrez J, Nery R, Estes C, Linkins K. Recruitment and retention of older minorities in mental health services research. Gerontologist. 2003 Feb;43(1):36-44. PubMed PMID: 12604744.
  17. Levkoff S, Sanchez H. Lessons learned about minority recruitment and retention from the Centers on Minority Aging and Health Promotion. Gerontologist. 2003 Feb;43(1):18-26. Review. PubMed PMID:12604742.
  18. Escobar-Chaves SL, Tortolero SR, Mâsse LC, Watson KB, Fulton JE. Recruiting and retaining minority women: findings from the Women on the Move study. Ethn Dis. 2002 Spring;12(2):242-51. PubMed PMID:12019934.
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  20. Gilliss CL, Lee KA, Gutierrez Y, Taylor D, Beyene Y, Neuhaus J, Murrell N. Recruitment and retention of healthy minority women into community-based longitudinal research. J Womens Health Gend Based Med.2001 Jan-Feb;10(1):77-85. PubMed PMID: 11224947.
  21. Chaudhary VB, Berhe AA. Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab. PLoS Comput Biol. 2020 Oct 1;16(10):e1008210. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008210. PMID: 33001989; PMCID: PMC7529192.
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