Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health


This certificate program, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institute of Health under award number R25DA031103, 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 Child & Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU), the Department of Community & Family Health at the USF College of Public Health, 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 Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse will provide a team mentoring approach with student researchers and professionals in the field. Paired with local and national experts serving as mentors, students and professionals will work together in developing an applied research study and then presenting the results at the Annual National Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health held in Tampa, FL.

Course Location/Delivery

The certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled or have completed a Master's or Doctoral degree program in areas of mental health, behavioral health, public health, social work, nursing, or education, or work full time in a behavioral health community agency.

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:

  • 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 standard time to complete the Certificate is four consecutive semesters.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 9 credits of the 3 credit courses may apply for degree programs and up to 6 credits of the service learning courses may apply to Degree programs with field experience requirements. Graduate students should check with their academic advisors

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Donna Burton, Ph.D.

Bruce Levin, Dr. PH., M.P.H
(813) 974-6400

Julie Baldwin, Ph.D.
(928) 523-6566

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