Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse (ITRE)

Admission Application

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The Institute will enroll 12 scholars each year, approximately 8 scholars from the University of South Florida (USF) and 4 scholars from Northern Arizona University (NAU). New enrollees will include university student scholars as well as community partner scholars. The application deadline is November 15, 2017, with the program beginning in the spring semester, 2018.

Scholars will be preferably masters and doctoral degree students in fields related to drug abuse and mental health services research. Potential fields include (but are not limited to) social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminology, public health, behavioral health, clinical psychology, nursing, cognitive and neural sciences, and education.

The Institute is funded through a federal grant and covers all costs associated with scholar experiences, including tuition and fees, textbooks, annual national conference registration, and required web-based training. Individuals who self-identify as belonging to a historically under-represented group are encouraged to apply. USF and NAU are equal opportunity, equal access academic institutions that embrace diversity in academics. Applicants who need disability accommodations in order to participate in the selection process should contact Dr. Donna Burton, Co-Investigator, 813-974-3241.

Eligibility Criteria

Institute scholars will meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for admission:
  1. Be enrolled in a degree program, preferably masters or doctoral, at USF or NAU in selected areas including (but not limited to) social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminology, public health, behavioral health, clinical psychology, nursing, and education, or work full time on behavioral health issues, in a community agency or school;
  2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career that emphasizes services research in the field of child and adolescent drug abuse and mental health; and
  3. Commit to remain enrolled in the Institute for four consecutive semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring) and attend the annual National Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health during both spring semesters of the program.   

The Institute application includes a personal statement (250 words or less), CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Donna Burton, Co-Investigator, 813-974-3241.

Applications must be submitted through the USF Graduate Certificate website.

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The Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25DA031103.