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

Curriculum

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Course Descriptions

There are 15 credit hours required for the Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health Program.

Course I: PHC 6539 Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on adolescent behavioral health through a detailed examination of the interaction of epidemiology, disease surveillance, social neuroscience, environmental vulnerability, pharmacology and developmental risk and resiliency that affect the lives of adolescent populations at risk for drug use and mental disorders.

Course II: PHC 6728 Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods; measurement models; skills of research relevant to translational research; the core principles of implementation science; and the transfer/translation of knowledge from the research setting to clinical practice settings. Course material emphasizes skills for developing translational researchers, strategies for being culturally competent, and will be career-minded in the mediation, cultivation and development of translational research skills and the implementation of evidence-based practices. Emphasis is placed on service needs of children and adolescents with co-occurring disorders as the population of interest.

Course III: PHC 6729 Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on advanced topics in community-based participatory research in child and adolescent behavioral health. It also addresses evaluating organizational readiness to adopt evidence-based practices in child and adolescent behavioral health.

Service Learning Courses

PHC 6946: Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I (2 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to orient students to the organizational context of community agencies and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. Students will complete the initial phase of the Service Learning Project, which is the service learning component of the Institute for Translational Research Education training program. Students, academic mentors and community partners collaborate in teams to develop a research project for a community-based agency.

PHC 6947: Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II (2 credit hours)

Students complete the second phase of the Service Learning Project. During this course, students implement research projects conceptualized in the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I course.

PHC 6948: Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health III (2 credit hours)

Students complete the final phase of the Service Learning Project. During this course, students analyze and report findings from research projects conducted during the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II course. Students also prepare to present their research findings at the annual conference in March, The Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.

Coursework Timeline

The Institute occurs over four semesters. Program participants earn nine graduate credit hours from coursework and six credit hours from the service learning courses and project.

In the first semester of the program, participants participate in a scholar orientation. Scholars then attend the Annual National Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in March where they meet with meet potential community partners and academic mentors. Institute scholars also attend the conference a year later (in the fourth semester of the program), where they present their completed Service Learning Projects. Following the second conference, remaining course hours are dedicated to the preparation of manuscripts for submission and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Participants are strongly encouraged, with the assistance of their mentors, to prepare a grant application for implementation of evidence-based practices in a community setting.

Course Timeline

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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.