Enola Proctor’s teaching and research are motivated by the question: How do we ensure that people receive the very best possible care? In social work, public health and health care settings ranging from hospitals to community agencies, she studies the processes through which organizations and individual providers can adopt and deliver the most effective programs and interventions. Her research and training programs through the Center for Mental Health Services Research
have been funded continuously by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 1993.
Proctor leads several national initiatives to advance the science of dissemination and implementation research, including the NIMH-funded Implementation Research Institute (IRI), which trains researchers from across the nation in implementation science for mental health. She directs the Center for Dissemination and Implementation for the Institute for Public Health, and the Dissemination and Implementation Research Core (DIRC) of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. She is also an inaugural class member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and its Board of Directors (2010-11). Proctor teaches doctoral and masters students in areas of mental health and implementation research.