Professor Enola K. Proctor, PhD, the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor, finds that her colleagues at Washington University share her belief that their work matters: “The faculty here are very committed to ensuring that the work we do isn’t just research for research’s sake, but rather that we’re really about the business of trying to improve people’s lives.”
Nationally recognized for her pioneering work in advancing the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in social service settings, Proctor was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health—the only social work researcher to receive this prestigious appointment. She directs the Brown School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research, identifying strategies to improve the quality of mental health care with support of grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Proctor leads national initiatives to advance the science of dissemination and implementation research, including the only implementation research institute with National Institutes of Health grant support. She also heads the Dissemination and Implementation Research Core of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.