Depression Center

The University of Michigan Depression Center

Become a Member

The Depression Center welcomes faculty, staff, and students of the University of Michigan who contribute to research, education, clinical care, or public policy in the field of clinical depressions, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses to become a member. Our growing collaborative community includes over 300 U-M colleagues from across the health system and campus who are working to improve the understanding and treatment of depressive illnesses, reduce associated stigma, and help transform public policy.

Membership Types

Apply for Active Faculty Membership

For faculty whose primary activities focus upon depression, bipolar illness, or a related mental health specialty (anxiety, substance abuse, mental health services, etc.), or those who are actively collaborating in relevant projects/studies/clinical activities. Active Faculty will have a primary academic appointment(s) in a University of Michigan department, and receive salary support from that department. Clinical revenue, as applicable, will remain within the member’s primary department. Grant dollars, as well as academic credit, remains within one of the member’s University departments.

Benefits of an Active Faculty Membership:

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration in clinical, educational and/or research activities
  • Eligible for pilot project funding for collaborative research initiatives
  • Grant writing and reviewing support
  • Mentor the next generation of researchers, clinicians, educators
  • Access to large, diverse patient population(s) for approved research projects
  • Presence on the web site (professional profile, project features, relevant content)
  • Participate and present in symposia, colloquia, and research conferences
  • Optional participation in Depression Center Speakers’ Bureau
  • Opportunity to participate on leadership boards, committees and topic-specific work groups
  • Electronic news briefs, including grant announcements, and other Center publications
Responsibilities of an Active Faculty Member:
  • Actively seek to collaborate with colleagues in the Center and across the University
  • Members are encouraged to attend and participate in Depression Center activities such as Colloquium Series, Depression on College Campuses Conference, Bright Nights community education program, Prechter Seminar Series, Todd Ouida Lecture, Annual Summer Gathering, among many others.
  • Make all efforts to attend Depression Center retreat
  • Recognize membership affiliation in articles, presentations, and in your title(s)
  • Advance the Depression Center’s mission to detect depression and bipolar illnesses earlier, treat them earlier and more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, improve public policy.
  • Specific efforts can include:
    • Serving on a Committee or leading a work group or Center priority project
    • Enhance national and international visibility for the Center and identify new, innovative research and entrepreneurial opportunities
    • Produce scholarly work such as current/active grant support or publication or press coverage in the last 12 months
    • Secure funding for collaborative initiatives; etc.
  • Present academic work and findings at the request of Center leadership
  • Recruit students from home department and school for participation in Center activities
  • Liaise with corporate and/or pharmaceutical partners when mutually desired
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Apply for Associate Faculty Membership

For faculty who have a secondary interest in depression, bipolar illness, or related mental health specialty, or who are unable to participate at an Active Faculty level. Associate Members will have a primary academic appointment(s) in a University of Michigan department, and receive salary support from that department. Clinical revenue, as applicable, will remain within the member’s primary department. Grant dollars, as well as academic credit, remains within one of the member’s University departments

Benefits of an Associate Faculty Membership:

  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration related to clinical, educational and/or research interests
  • Access to the Center’s educational experiences and attendance at the annual retreat
  • Opportunities to be a collaborator or site director for Center research projects
  • Professional biosketch on Depression Center website
  • Recipient of electronic news briefs and other Center publication
  • Opportunities to present at professional meetings and events
Responsibilities of an Associate Faculty Member:
  • Tangible contribution to the research, educational, clinical, and/or public policy mission of the Depression Center (one or more of the following): serving on a Committee or leading a task force or participating on a DC-specific team; evidence of ongoing scholarly work such as current/active grant support or publication or press coverage in the last 12 months; conducting educational outreach or increasing public awareness; securing funding for collaborative initiatives; etc.
  • Attendance at or participation in at least one (1) Depression Center meeting or selected educational function per year
  • Willingness to be contacted for participation in other Depression Center activities (research, educational, clinical, fundraising, etc.)
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Apply for Professional Staff Membership

This category includes professional staff (e.g. nurses, social workers, counselors, administrators, research assistants, executive assistants, etc.).

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Apply for Training Membership

This category includes members-in-training (e.g. students, post-docs, medical residents, anyone enrolled in University of Michigan training programs, etc.).

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More information

Why become a member?
Membership offers many benefits, including:

  • Opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration related to your clinical, educational and/or research interests
  • Eligibility for research awards issued through the Depression Center
  • Access to the center’s educational experiences , both as a participant and as a presenter
  • Opportunities to be a collaborator or site director for center research projects
  • Grant writing support
  • Participation on leadership boards and committees, and in topic-specific task groups
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Membership Criteria
  • Research, educational, clinical or public policy expertise of relevance to bipolar or depressive illnesses
  • A solid theoretical foundation in an area related to bipolar or depressive illnesses
  • Outstanding academic accomplishments or potential for such
  • Demonstrated support for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Demonstrated interest in contributing to the mission of the Depression Center
  • Applications are also welcomed from administrative leaders and staff who oversee research, clinical and educational activities and those who support faculty members of the Depression Center.
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