DEVELOPMENTAL ALCOHOL RESEARCH
TRAINING PROGRAM

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
Gale A. Richardson, PhD
Brooke S.G. Molina, PhD

DEVELOPMENTAL ALCOHOL RESEARCH
TRAINING PROGRAM

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
Gale A. Richardson, PhD
Brooke S.G. Molina, PhD

Program Funding: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA: T32 AA007453)

Type of Program: NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship (MPH degree is an available option). The duration of training is two years, dependent on progress.

Program Description: The Developmental Alcohol Research Training (DART) Program approaches training in alcohol use and addiction research from a developmental perspective, focusing on gestation to adulthood. The DART training faculty are highly experienced and offer mentorship in areas of high priority to NIAAA such as the developmental stages of alcohol use and abuse, neurobiology, timing and consequences of alcohol use, racial and gender differences, and the effects of health disparities on the development of alcohol use and misuse. The training faculty have expertise in developmental, epidemiological, clinical, and neurobiological approaches, and advanced quantitative methods. Trainees have access to large, longitudinal cohorts that allow analyses across multiple developmental points. The identification of supporting faculty who are not specifically alcohol researchers, but who have parallel expertise in fields such as emergency medicine, nutrition, pediatrics, and statistics, allows trainees to develop their research using novel combinations of methods and expertise. Training involves active participation on research projects with mentors, supplemented by courses in Addictive Behaviors, Developmental Psychopathology, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, and by the required Career and Research Development Seminar. The DART program faculty are committed to training researchers to become independent investigators with the skills and tools for collaborative, multidisciplinary research in developmental studies of alcohol use and abuse to accomplish excellence and innovation in developmental alcohol research.

This is a well-established training program that was begun in 1982. Since that time, over 40 postdoctoral fellows have completed the program, 84% of whom are in academic or research positions. Further, the trainees have exceptional success obtaining research funding compared to the national average. The trainees’ scholarly output addresses areas of central importance in alcohol research such as onset of alcohol use among children and ontogeny of risk factors for alcohol disorders, long-term effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs for dually-diagnosed patients, and the relation between alcohol abuse and the natural history of AIDS.

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School of Medicine

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Graduate School of Public Health


Department of Psychiatry

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Office of Academic Career Development

Office of Academic Career Development


Post-Doctoral Association

Post-Doctoral Association


National Institute of Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse


National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


National Institute of Health

National Institutes of Health


National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health