Alcohol Research Training Program
Funded by Grant T32 AA018108 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
The Center on Alcohol, Substance use, And Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through an Institutional Research Training grant to train pre- and postdoctoral alcohol researchers to study processes of change in alcohol use, abuse, and dependence. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds institutional research training grants to develop the next generation of NIH researchers, "...to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the Nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agenda. The primary objective of the T32 program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation."
The UNM CASAA training program is designed to provide multidisciplinary training to prepare future scientists to conduct research to:
- Elucidate the processes of change in drinking behavior,
- Develop and test effective methods to effect change through improved approaches to treatment and indicated prevention, and
- Develop and test models to disseminate knowledge of effective interventions to diverse populations
Sample research areas include: measurement of substance use, factors stimulating change, mechanisms of change, trajectories of change, interventions, risk profiles, individual differences, and dissemination studies.
The grant supports four predoctoral fellows in the UNM Department of Psychology and three postdoctoral fellows who may come from any discipline relevant to the goals of the training program. Fellows work with one or more of the core training faculty: Katie Witkiewitz (PI and training program director, Margo Hurlocker, Theresa Moyers, Matthew Pearson, J. Scott Tonigan, Kamilla Venner.
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