September 7, 2017

The NIDA International Program provided full-tuition scholarships to researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) to participate in the 2017 Dutch Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction. Jenna Rudo-Stern, a Ph.D. candidate at ASU, researches, implements, and trains others in the use of a family-focused, youth drug abuse prevention program, the Family Check-Up. She hopes to focus her research career on identifying and addressing barriers to implementing evidence-based programs for promoting public health. Joanna Sells is a Ph.D. candidate at USUSH, where she conducts National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism research on using mobile devices to develop cognitive-based treatments to prevent and reduce substance misuse. She researched and analyzed factors in the current U.S. opioid epidemic at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and teaches a USUSH medical school course on the politics of developing publicly funded harm reduction strategies. The multidisciplinary summer training program in addiction research was held July 9–21, 2017, at the University of Amsterdam. Participants included graduate and postdoctoral students, physicians, outreach workers, and program administrators. They joined addiction professionals to learn about the intersection of policy models, prevention, and evidence-based treatment and ways to bridge the gap between research and practice. Kristen G. Anderson, Ph.D., Reed College, is academic director of the Dutch Summer Institute. The deadline for 2018 applications is April 15, 2018. More information is available here.