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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 five 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, and research training workshops. 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) has openings for at least 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. The positions are funded through an NIH Institutional Training grant and only US citizens and permanent residents can be considered. The training period typically lasts three years, and postdocs participate in many of the same specialized activities as predocs. Doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.'s 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

The training faculty have diverse interests in a number of sub-disciplines of psychological science. Trainees can work in the areas of behavioral pharmacology (Denis McCarthy, Bruce Bartholow, Ken Sher), behavioral and molecular genetics (Wendy Slutske, Ian Gizer), quantitative methods (Doug Steinley, Clint Davis-Stober, Phil Wood), nosology and comorbidity (Tim Trull, Ken Sher, Doug Steinley, Tom Piasecki, Wendy Slutske), ambulatory assessment (Tom Piasecki, Tim Trull), personality and individual differences (Lynne Cooper, Tim Trull, Ken Sher, Wendy Slutske), developmental approaches (Ian Gizer, Ken Sher, Phil Wood), decision making (Clint Davis-Stober, Denis McCarthy), and psychophysiology (Bruce Bartholow, Tim Trull, Ken Sher).

These positions are for up to three years of training and can begin anytime after July 1, 2017. We will begin reviewing an applicant as soon as we have received all application materials. Send vita, up to 5 representative reprints, a cover letter describing your research interests and training goals to, and make arrangements for 3 letters of reference to be sent to or materials can be sent to: Addiction Research Training, c/o Carol Waudby, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, 200 S. 7th Street, University of Missouri,Columbia, MO 65211, 573-882-1682. For more information, please contact Ken Sher (PI) at or Denis McCarthy at

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