Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Substance Use (ITRE)

Welcome to the ITRE website!

At the Institute, we are excited to offer student scholars a one-of-a-kind education and training program in translational research in adolescent behavioral health.


The ITRE Executive Committee appreciates the contributions of these Academic/Peer Mentors, Community Partner Agencies, and National Advisory Board members, along with NIDA, for making it possible to graduate 119 ITRE Scholars in 10 cohorts. View our succesful student outcomes.

ITRE is Celebrating 10 Years… and Counting!

Graduates now work in faculty positions at universities, federal government agencies (including SAHMSA, DHHS, HRSA, and CDC), and local community providers including state departments of health, hospitals, and other behavioral health organizations.

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Scholars of the Institute benefit from:

  • A team of mentors comprised of local community agency leaders, academic specialists and national experts in the field of adolescent behavioral health.
  • Learning experiences provided from web-based graduate courses and participation in the Annual USF Translational Research in Adolescent Substance Use Conference.
  • Experience conducting a service learning research project in a community-based setting relevant to alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other behavioral health issues in adolescents.
  • Exposure to the latest science and nationally recognized experts in alcohol and drug abuse, comorbidities, and translational science.
  • Funding for course credits and related program activities.

We look forward to sharing the work of our Institute scholars!

Dr. Tom Massey
Multiple Principal Investigator & Evaluation Director

Dr. Bruce Lubotsky Levin
Multiple Principal Investigator & Curriculum Director

Dr. Julie Baldwin
Multiple Principal Investigator & Health Equity Director

Dr. Donna Burton

Ercilia Calcano
Project Director


The Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Substance Use is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25DA031103. The Institute is a collaboration between the Department of Child & Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University, and the USF College of Public Health. See overview of the program.

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