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Psychological Sciences at MU

Alcohol and Addiction Training at the University of Missouri NIH/NIAAA Training Grant

The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri offers intensive predoctoral and postdoctoral training in research in alcohol-related behavior and the addictions supported by an institutional training grant through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).    Our goal is to provide high quality, multidisciplinary training in research on alcohol and other substance use and dependence and prepare trainees for careers as independent investigators. The number and diversity of psychology faculty members who study alcohol and addiction make the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri a premier training site.

Predoctoral Training: Our training grant supports seven students in four primary areas of graduate study (Cognition and Neuroscience, Clinical, Social, and Quantitative Psychology) through the Department of Psychological Sciences.    Students interested in alcohol and addictions are enrolled in one of the psychology training areas (there is no "degree" in addiction research or alcohol studies) and focus their research, under the mentorship of one of the training grant faculty members, on alcohol and addiction related-topics.  They also attend specialized seminars, research training workshops and participate in Missouri Alcoholism Research Center activities.   Trainees receive a stipend and funds for travel and training-related expenses according to established NIH guidelines for a period of 2-3 years of study.  Information on stipend levels and similar topics can be found at the NIH website. In addition to support on the institutional training grant, students interested in alcohol and addictions also receive training support through research assistantships, university scholarships, and Individual National Research Service Awards (F31s). Students in the clinical training area are also provided opportunities to acquire clinical experience working with substance dependent individuals.

Postdoctoral Training:

The Department of Psychological Sciences, at the University of Missouri, (MU) anticipates openings for up to TWO POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS IN ALCOHOL AND ADDICTIONS RESEARCH. Postdoctoral research fellows will undertake advanced training in addictions and pursue their own research interests under the supervision of one or more faculty preceptors. One of the three positions will be internally funded and international candidates will be considered. The other two positions are funded through an NIH Institutional Training grant and only US citizens and permanent residents can be considered. These positions are for up to two years and start date is negotiable within the range noted below. We will begin reviewing applicants after March 15, 2015 and the start date is negotiable. Send vita, up to 5 representative reprints, a cover letter describing your research interests and training goals, and 3 letters of reference to: Addiction Research Training, c/o Gail Raskin, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, 200 S. 7th Street, University of Missouri,Columbia, MO 65211,, 573-882-1682.

We have two postdoctoral fellow traineeships available through the training grant and tow additional slots supported by internal resources.  The training period typically last two years, and postdocs participate in many of the same specialized activities as predocs.  Doctoral candidates interested in research opportunities offered by the training grant faculty (and described in the faculty pages of this website) are encouraged to contact us for more information.    Information on postdoctoral traineeship stipends and requirements,  including service payback, is available here and here.  For more information, please contact Ken Sher (PI) at

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