A University-Based Transdisciplinary Approach to Mental Health Workforce Shortages

Sara M. Hunt, Ramona Denby-Brinson, Katherine M. Hertlein, Noelle Lefforge, Michelle G. Paul

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the development, actions, and evaluation of a university-based, transdisciplinary coalition so that the model may be replicated in other university or multidisciplinary systems. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Mental and Behavioral Health Coalition addresses Nevada’s workforce shortages through multi-disciplinary faculty collaboration among seven training programs at UNLV that produce mental health professionals. The coalition’s collaborative approach to solution-generating work has served as a catalyst for professional integration in the community as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-749
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Training
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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