Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health
This certificate program, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will provide an innovative education program in translational research, merging the skills and experience of USF academic researchers, local community service providers and national experts. The Department of Community and Family Health in the USF College of Public Health, the Department of Child & Family Studies in the USF College of behavioral & Community Sciences, and Community Collaborating Partners that span a range of services relevant to child and adolescent drug abuse and mental health, will work together to provide advanced training in translational research and the implementation of evidence-based practices in the areas of alcohol, drug abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Developed as a research education project, the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health will provide a team mentoring approach with student researchers and professional in the field. Paired with local and national experts serving as mentors, students and professionals will work together in the study of applied proven treatment and prevention programs while adapting them for various adolescent populations in a range of settings.
The certificate is offered fully online.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree program in areas of mental health sciences or public health, or has completed a Master's degree in one of these fields.
Application processTo learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Two letters of recommendation
None are required.
There are 15 credit hours total required for the certificate.
PHC 6539 - Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours - Spring semester)
PHC 6728 - Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours - Summer semester)
PHC 6729 - Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours - Fall semester)
PHC 6946 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I (2 credit hours - Summer semester)
PHC 6947 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II (2 credit hours - Fall semester)
PHC 6948 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health III (2 credit hours - Spring semester)
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is four semesters.
Credit toward graduate degree
Upon consent of the Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health Director, students may apply up to six course credits from a Supervised Field Experience or the DrPH Practice-Based Internship to fulfill the requirements of the three service learning courses. The Supervised Field Experience or the DRPH Practiced-Based Internship must include translational research or implementation science activities to be considered for possible course substitution.
Donna Burton, Ph.D.
Bruce Levin, Dr. PH., M.P.H
Tom Massey, Ph.D.
Pre-Admissions Advising - Public Health