Training Opportunities for New Clinical Investigators in Adolescent Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome Research
An opportunity exists for new clinical investigators interested in the treatment and aftercare of adolescents with Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders (AOSUD) to participate in clinical research under the supervision of Yifrah Kaminer, M.D.
Opportunities for involvement in research for new clinical investigators in the field of adolescent AOSUD include:
1) Enrollment in one of the long-term training programs at the University of Connecticut aimed for M.D.s or Ph.D.s such as pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers (see description of available programs below). Acceptance into one of these programs requires the formal approval of the respective training director.
2) Spending a short-term training period (several weeks to months) with Dr. Kaminer at
the UConn Health Center (an elective sponsored by the trainee's institute) followed by continued consulting or supervision with Dr. Kaminer upon the trainee's return to the sponsoring institute.
More specifically, a trainee might collaborate in one of Dr. Kaminer's projects and then, once the trainee has made the necessary progress he/she may develop projects and protocols consistent with the trainee's interest. This will lead to the development of independent projects for pilot funding (intramural or federal) and/or mentored funding (i.e., K-award). Colleagues from ARC or other institutes may be available when necessary.
Yifrah Kaminer M.D. is the recipient of a Mid-Career Training Award from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) in 2002 that makes this training opportunity possible. Dr. Kaminer is an experienced child and adolescent psychiatrist who has demonstrated 1) a long-term commitment as a career clinical scientist in the assessment and treatment of adolescent AOSUD; 2) academic productivity by publishing, teaching, and training in this domain; and 3) an ability to obtain research funding.
This award allows Dr. Kaminer protected time to pursue his commitment for quality mentoring of future clinical investigators while conducting clinical research that will optimize long-term scientific contributions of both the mentor and trainees.
Topics for research focus on outcome studies and may include:
Psychosocial interventions for the treatment and aftercare of adolescent AOSUD (e.g. Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Skills and Contingency Management Reinforcement Therapies);
The development of interventions for youths with specific comorbid behavioral problems/disorders such as suicidal behaviors, gambling behaviors, post traumatic stress disorder;
Efficacy, Integrative, and Effectiveness studies for dually diagnosed youth including psychosocial and psychopharmacological interventions.
Description of the institutional environment
The Department of Psychiatry (Leighton Huey, M.D., and Chairman) and its Alcohol Research Center (ARC) of the University of Connecticut Health Center are located at the
UConn Health Center in Farmington (8 miles South of Hartford, Connecticut). The NIAAA funded ARC is currently in its twenty-fifth year of operation. Fifteen investigators are currently conducting research under the leadership of Victor Hesselbrock, Ph.D., Scientific Director and P.I.
The research being conducted at the ARC employs a wide variety of themes pertaining to AOSUD, including genetics, psychophysiology, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, family studies, adolescent studies, clinical psychopharmacology, psychosocial interventions, epidemiology, and health services research.
The diversity and depth of alcohol and drug research activities, the presence of a group of highly skilled and experienced investigators, combined with collaborative relationships with other universities in and out of Connecticut makes the UCHC ARC a unique and exciting environment for professional development.
The following long-term training programs of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine are involved in recruitment of new clinical investigators that could also participate in Dr. Kaminer's mentorship program:
1) The UCHC ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Alcohol Research: The program has an excellent track record for training individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Participants enroll in a 1-3-year program that recruits 2-3 new fellows every year. Trainees are required to attend a weekly seminar that is designed to provide a strong foundation in theory, multivariate statistics, and experimental design. A member of the training faculty in one or more areas also individually mentors trainees. Since its inception, more than 50 fellows have received training at the ARC.
2) The Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program (PGY-5): This one-year program provides advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of substance use disorders for psychiatrists. Graduates of the program are expected to qualify for the Added Qualification certification examination of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. The program recruits 2-3 new trainees annually since its inception in 1997.
3) The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: This two-year program offers a comprehensive and closely supervised training in child and adolescent psychiatry. The program is based at the Institute of Living in Hartford and the adjacent Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Adolescent clinical psychiatric services, schools, and social services in the greater Hartford area are available for trainees. The program recruits 3 new fellows every year.
4) The Adolescent Medicine Program in Pediatrics: The main aim of this program is to offer a clinical experience with adolescents. Training emphasis is placed on the recognition, assessment, prevention, and intervention of high-risk behaviors including substance abuse, suicide, aggression, and other mental health problem. Fifteen new residents rotate in this program annually.
For further information please contact:
Yifrah Kaminer M.D., M.B.A.
Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2103