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Behavioral Therapies Development Program

NIDA Treatment Research Training Sites

Did you know that NIDA has a number of programs to support both predoctoral and postdoctoral-level scientists interested in drug abuse research? NIDA has made a strong commitment to supporting and training our future scientists and, as a result, the funding for research training has been growing steadily in recent years. NIDA supports individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for PhD students (F31) and MD/PhD (F30) candidates, as well as funding for over 40 training sites for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows across the country (T32). NIDA also funds individual postdoctoral NRSA fellowships (F32), Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards (K01) and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards (K08). A list of fellowships that provide training on treatment research is provided below or for a more comprehensive listing of research training sites see NIDA's homepage.

To receive more information on these and other funding mechanisms that might be right for you, contact the NIDA Deputy Research Training Coordinator, Dr. Lucinda Miner, at 301/443-6071.

Postdoctoral Training

Columbia University

Postdoctoral training program for physicians interested in pursuing research careers in substance abuse. The primary goal is to provide future research and academic psychiatrists with the research skills and clinical expertise to play substantive roles in advancing knowledge about the etiology and treatment of substance abuse disorders. Research fields include basic neuroscience, genetics, genetic epidemiology, behavioral pharmacology, epidemiology, psychopharmacology, clinical trials and treatment research.

Project Director: Herbert Kleber, M.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

The goal of this training program is produce well-rounded individuals who are knowledgeable about the basic science and clinical aspects of substance abuse, who are familiar with treatment strategies, and are trained to conduct independent research in the area of substance use, abuse and dependence.

Project Director: William Boggan, Ph.D.

University of California-San Francisco

Postdoctoral training program in drug abuse treatment research. The treatment training program consists of studies of: (1) treatment outcome; (2) variables that contribute to successful treatment outcome;(3) dissemination methods; (4) the treatment process and correlates of that process with outcome; (5) successful treatment components.

Project Director: Sharon Hall, Ph.D.

University of Miami

Postdoctoral training in adolescent drug abuse intervention. This is a multisite training program focusing on the development of research competencies related to collaborative studies on a broad range of psychosocial interventions for adolescent drug abuse.

Project Director: Howard Liddle, Ed.D.

Yale University

This postdoctoral program provides future research and academic psychiatrists the necessary independent research skills and clinical expertise in the area of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment for drug abusers. The program involves: a structured introduction to clinical epidemiologic and treatment research; formal didactics; clinical experience in the major modalities currently used to treat drug abuse; and graduated development of teaching capabilities.

Project Director: Richard Schottenfeld, M.D.

Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training


This program provides a comprehensive and intensive training experience through substantive and methodological courses and supervised research with a strong emphasis in training in research design, methodology, and statistical analysis. The focus of substantive training and research will be in the areas of: 1) epidemiology of drug abuse, including HIV/AIDS, 2) etiology of drug abuse, 3) treatment processes and outcomes in a variety of clinical settings, 4) cost benefits and effectiveness of treatment, 5) methodological issues and techniques in drug abuse research, and 6) social policy implications of drug abuse research findings.
Project Director: Douglas Anglin, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Training is available on research projects in substance use and abuse including survey research, prevention, factors related to cocaine abuse, opiate receptors, nicotine/smoking, anabolic steroids, drug/alcohol problem assessment and treatment, interactions and susceptibility, comparative policy analysis, workplace issues, transportation and injury research, and in specific populations such as women, elderly, children and adolescents.

Project Director: Ovide Pomerleau, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Substance Abuse Center was created to stimulate, coordinate, and integrate the study of psychoactive substance use of all kinds. The University of Michigan has an unusual concentration of expertise in the substance abuse field across its numerous schools, departments, and research institute. The central mission of the center is the development of new knowledge about the use of these various psychoactive substances and the social policies and programs addressed to them.

University of Pennsylvania

This program provides clinical and research training for physicians and postdoctoral researchers who wish to become qualified in treatment research for IV substance abusing patients, particularly as it relates to the care of those infected with, or at high risk, for infection with HIV. Trainees will be fully trained in all of the current behavioral psychological and pharmacological techniques.

Project Director: Charles O'Brien, M.D.

University of Vermont

Training program in the behavioral pharmacology of human drug dependence. Research opportunities range from laboratory studies of human drug discrimination and self administration to clinical outpatient studies of behavioral and pharmacological treatment of IV cocaine abuse.

Project Director: Warren Bickel, Ph.D.

University of Washington

The training program directed by Dr. Murphy provides training in prevention intervention, differential dual assessment, matching client characteristics to treatment characteristics, high risk populations, vulnerability and behavioral patterns of substance abuse.

Project Director: Shirley Murphy, Ph.D.

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