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.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and partially online.

Admission requirements

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 process

To 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:


None are required.


15 credit hours total for the certificate. There are 12 credit hours of required course work.

PHC 6539 - Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health
PHC 6728 - Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health
PHC 6729 - Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health
PHC 6946 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I
PHC 6947 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II
PHC 6948 - Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health III


PHC 6035 - Co-Morbidity of Mental and Physical Disorders
PHC 6240 - Cultural Competency in Children's Mental Health
PHC 6414 - Adolescent Health
PHC 6543 - Foundations in Behavioral Health Systems
PHC 6544 - Children's Mental Health Services
PHC 6934 - Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Dependence
PHC 7583 - Community-Based Health Promotion
MHS 6072 - Epidemiology and Prevention in Child Mental Health
MHS 6073 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Resilience
MHS 6096 - Program Development & Implementation in Children's Mental Health
MHS 6097 - Financing of Children's Mental Health Services
MHS 7740 - Survey Course in Planning, Evaluation and Accountability
MHS 7747 - Measurement Issues in Behavioral Services Research and Evaluation

Time Limit

4 semesters

Credit toward graduate degree

Upon consent of the Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health Director, students may apply up to three 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.

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Donna Burton

Bruce Levin
(813) 974-6400

Julie Baldwin
(813) 974-6692

Tom Massey
(813) 974-6403

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