SPOKANE Long-time WSU employee Robert Short has been named the new director of the Eastern Branch of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research & Training (WIMHRT) at WSU Spokane. His appointment took effect June 1.
Short succeeds John Roll, who recently accepted the position of associate dean for research at the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing.
“I plan to continue following the direction set by [previous directors] Dennis Dyck and John Roll, who have both been very fine role models,” said Short.
Short, who has been with WIMHRT since 1993, has served as the institute’s assistant director for the past seven years. In addition to his work at WIMHRT, he has faculty appointments with WSU’s Departments of Psychology and Statistics. He also serves as a research biostatistician for the Providence Medical Research Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center, and is the research director for Eastern State Hospital’s Quality Management Department.
As a research biostatistician, he collaborates extensively with researchers in Spokane’s medical and academic community. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 articles in a wide variety of scientific journals, and has received funding from federal, state and private sources, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Washington State Mental Health Division.
Short holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Denver, an master’s degree in biobehavioral sciences from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.
The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research & Training (WIMHRT) is a partnership between the Washington State Mental Health Division and the state’s universities. The Eastern Branch is located in Spokane, and is affiliated with WSU Spokane. WIMHRT’s purpose is to improve collaboration between the state government and state colleges and universities, as well as to conduct training and research that directly benefits the mental health of Washington residents.