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

In 2021, NIAAA endorsed NIH UNITE, “the new NIH-wide initiative to address structural racism at NIH.” The DART T32 program is in strong support of this initiative. As a program, we are committed to increasing equity, inclusivity, and diversity in academia by:

    • Increasing diversity among our trainees.
      • We value diversity and proactively recruit trainees of diverse identities and backgrounds (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation identities; religious affiliations; disabilities).
      • Our faculty are actively involved in training programs committed to increasing representation in science. Examples are:
    • Increasing the diversity among our training faculty.
      • Our faculty are multidisciplinary and are comprised of experts across departments and multiple and intersecting identities. We also recognize that this an area of continued growth and are committed to increasing representation in our T32.
    • Equity in training and career opportunities.
      • All trainees complete a Career Development Plan (CDP) that is reviewed by the training directors with the trainee and their mentors at the onset of training and every six months thereafter. This process provides for standardization of performance expectations and routine monitoring of opportunities being provided to all trainees.
      • We collect standardized rating feedback, plus open-ended comments, from all trainees to regularly adjust our procedures to ensure fair allocation of opportunities for career development.
      • We annually review the CDPs of our trainees, alongside CDPs from recent graduates, to assess for equity of opportunity.
      • The Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion develops and implements plans to increase diversity and support career development of minoritized trainees.
      • The Center on Race and Social Problems conducts applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity, and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.
      • The Center for Health Equity aims to understand and reduce health disparities in under-served populations, particularly those in western Pennsylvania.
      • The Research Equity and Community Health (REACH) provides updated information about our health equity grants and researchers conducting health inequities research.
    • An inclusive training environment.
      • We have faculty who conduct research on health inequities in addictions and we welcome applicants with interests in this focus.
      • We support participation by training faculty, staff, and trainees in educational, skill-building, and career development activities pertinent to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice. Many of the training faculty have been actively involved in DEI initiatives in the department, at the university level, and in professional organizations such as the Research Society on Alcoholism.
      • The Department of Psychiatry, the School of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh have enacted many initiatives to support inclusivity. Examples are:

Achieving a truly welcoming, inspiring, and inclusive training environment is our goal. Our actions to accomplish this goal are an ongoing process of learning, regular collection of feedback, and sustained commitment of effort.