Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Research Training in Drug Abuse Behavior

Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Research Training in Drug Abuse Behavior

This National Institute on Drug Abuse training program supports 4 pre-doctoral and 4 post-doctoral trainees with a faculty of 28 drawn from 7 academic and research units of the University of Kentucky.  The program offers opportunities for bio-behavioral research in facilities such as the: 1) Center on Drug and Alcohol Research; 2) Center for Drug and Alcohol Research Translation; 3) Center for Clinical and Translational Science; 4) Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology; 5) Residential Research Facility; and 6) Straus Behavioral Research Building.

During the recent program funding period, we trained 7 pre-doctoral students and 8 post-doctoral fellows Fourteen of these trainees remain involved in research or academics. Additional pre-doctoral trainees (2) and post-doctoral fellows (1) will be added during the final year of the current funding period. Individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups filled 17 percent of the available training slots. These trainees authored 129 publications and presented 90 papers at national or international conferences.

The program is designed to prepare trainees to assume research responsibilities in academic, and other scientific organizations concerned with bio-behavioral aspects of drug abuse.  Post-doctoral fellows will either have a doctorate in a behavioral science discipline and will be preparing for a research role in the drug abuse field, or they will be health professionals who are seeking a behavioral science research orientation in drug abuse.  Pre-doctoral trainees will concentrate in behavioral aspects of drug abuse as part of a doctoral program in a behavioral science discipline (e.g., psychology, sociology).  Basic elements of the program include: (1) training in the basic building blocks of research (e.g., experimental design, data analysis) and independent research competence; (2) an interdisciplinary orientation which takes students beyond their basic discipline and provides exposure to key theoretical concepts and methodological issues of the related behavioral sciences along with a bio-behavioral conceptualization; (3) a program of enculturation and orientation to drug abuse, health and mental health settings; (4) exploration of drug abuse topics from a medical behavioral perspective through courses offered by training faculty; and (5) opportunities for research around relevant questions in drug abuse behavior constituting significant learning experiences for post-doctoral fellows and a dissertation project for pre-doctoral trainees.  The post-doctoral program is individually geared to the objectives of the fellows and will build on their previous knowledge and experience, while drawing on these five core elements. We feel the need for a translational and interdisciplinary program such as the one proposed is greater today than ever before and fills a unique niche in substance abuse research.

For information on the application process, see application page.

For information on National Institutes of Health stipend levels for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, see this page: