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

Admission Application

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The Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health Graduate Certificate Program application requirements are:

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Letter of Interest, which is a 250 words or less personal statement
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (submit unofficial transcript to apply; applicants accepted will be asked to provide the official transcript)
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee (waived for current USF students)

Additional information is available in the USF Graduate Certificate Office website.

The application deadline is November 1, 2019, with the program beginning in the spring semester, 2020.


The Institute will enroll up to 15 scholars each year from the University of South Florida (USF), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and community partners.

Scholars will be preferably masters and doctoral degree students in fields related to drug abuse and mental health. 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 USF Students with Disabilities Services.

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.   

For additional information about the application process, contact Ercilia Calcano.  For additional information on the program curriculum, contact Dr. Donna Burton.

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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.