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

Research Foci

The DART Program is unique in having faculty who conduct research on developmental phases that span from prenatal origins of disorders through childhood, adolescent, and adult periods (Table A). A unique and strong aspect of the DART program is that the research interests of the DART faculty cut across age periods. For example, the cohort studies in the MHPCD Program (Drs. De Genna, Richardson) cover the lifespan from prenatal exposures to adulthood. Outcomes available across these periods include cognitive development, behavior, and alcohol symptomatology and diagnoses. Other longitudinal studies, such as the Pittsburgh Youth Study (Dr. Stepp), the Pittsburgh Girls Study (Dr. Hipwell), and the Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study (Drs. Molina, Pedersen), have cohorts identified in childhood and study the development of behavior and alcohol disorders into mid-adulthood.

 

Table A: DART faculty by developmental stages of research focus
PrenatalChildAdolescentYoung Adult
Bodnar
Chang
De Genna
Hipwell
Levine
Richardson
Bodnar
De Genna
Devlin
Forbes
Hipwell
Levine
Luna
Miller
Molina
Richardson
Shaw
Stepp
Wang
Chang
Clark
Coulter
De Genna
Devlin
Forbes
Hasler
Hipwell
Luna
Mair
Miller
Molina
Pedersen
Richardson
Shaw
Stepp
Torregrossa
Wang
Wilson
Bachrach
Clark
Coulter
De Genna
Devlin
Douaihy
Forbes
Hasler
Hipwell
Levine
Kraemer
Luna
Mair
Miller
Molina
Pedersen
Richardson
Sayette
Shaw
Stepp
Wang
Wilson

 

Alcohol research is interdisciplinary, as well as translational, and requires knowledge and collaboration from other disciplines. In Table B, we list faculty members by their specific areas of expertise available to trainees. These faculty can advise and mentor trainees in addiction risk processes, diagnostic and clinical issues, genetic risk, heath inequities, health services, and biological aspects of alcohol use and abuse. We have faculty whose research is directed toward basic and translational research, who focus on the etiology of specific disorders, and on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol disorders. Epidemiological tools and methods, clinical, developmental, and neurobiological approaches, longitudinal methods, and advanced quantitative methods are used to study these dimensions, as well as to translate from one level to another. Finally, our faculty are extremely collaborative, with nearly all DART faculty collaborating with one or more other DART faculty in their research, which provides excellent interdisciplinary access for trainees.

 

Table B: DART faculty by specific areas of consulting/mentoring expertise
GeneticsDevlin, Shaw, Wang
Laboratory, biomedical, imaging methodsClark, Douaihy, Forbes, Hasler, Hipwell, Luna, Molina, Pedersen, Sayette, Torregrossa
Developmental/
longitudinal studies
Clark, De Genna, Forbes, Levine, Luna, Hasler, Hipwell, Mair, Miller, Molina, Pedersen, Richardson, Sayette, Shaw, Stepp
Statistical/
quantitative
Cheng, Devlin, Mair, Pedersen, Wallace
Diagnostic and clinical issuesBachrach, Bodnar, Chang, Clark, Douaihy, Forbes, Hasler, Hipwell, Kraemer, Miller, Molina, Pedersen, Sayette, Wang
Health equitiesChang, Coulter, De Genna, Hipwell, Levine, Miller, Pedersen, Wilson
Health servicesBachrach, Chang, Douaihy, Kraemer, Molina, Wilson
Intervention and preventionBachrach, Bodnar, Chang, Cheng, Coulter, Douaihy, Kraemer, Levine, Miller, Molina, Shaw, Wallace, Wang, Wilson