Psychology Training in Alcohol Research (PTAR) Fellowship
(T-32 Training Grant)
University of Washington
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
This is a two-year appointment, commencing no earlier than July 1st and no later than December 31st of each year, within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Addictive Behaviors Research Center in the Department of Psychology. This fellowship has been funded continuously by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism since 1985 (Principal Investigator, Dr. Mary Larimer). This fellowship will provide training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in alcohol research, with an emphasis on the etiology and prevention of problem drinking and alcohol dependence. As this topic will be approached from both psychosocial and bio-behavioral perspectives, individuals with background training in relevant areas of psychology (clinical, health psychology, behavioral neuroscience, social, developmental, cognitive, behavioral pharmacology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Both human and animal research will be supported.
Prospective trainees are selected from relevant specialty areas in psychology, including physiological, social, cognitive, developmental, and clinical psychology. Training includes didactics as well as supervised experimental training in alcohol research on funded projects, attendance at weekly research team meetings, grantsmanship/career development seminars, and monthly center meetings, development of independent research projects, regular presentations by trainees and faculty regarding research results, and opportunities for the full faculty to critique trainee research proposals in order to improve the research and likelihood of successful competition for funding. The alcohol research training grant has continued to meet the high standards of its training objectives and goals. Each of the trainees is supervised by one or more of the faculty participating in the training grant. We have been highly successful at placing our trainees into research positions in the alcohol field following completion of their training.