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UNM'S Center of Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions has been Awarded a Five-Year, $1.7 million Grant

Departmental News

Posted:  Dec 11, 2011 - 12:00pm

UNM'S CASAA center has been awarded a five-year, $1.7 million institutional research training grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. According to the Principal Investigator, the Psychology Department's Distinguished Professor Barbara S. McCrady, "The whole idea is to provide support for the next generation of research scientists and to help develop their areas of expertise and the skills necessary to do that research." McCrady had a similar institutional research training grant when she was at Rutgers University. "We will also help students develop skills to learn how to obtain funding for their research."

Titled "Alcohol Research Training: Change Methods & Mechanisms," the training program will support four predoctoral fellows in psychology and four postdoctoral fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. The students will receive a full stipend as defined by NIAAA, approximately $21,000 for pre–docs and $37,000 for post–docs, depending on when they received their doctorate. The grant also supports travel to professional meetings and provides additional funds to support research. NIAAA also pays up to 60 percent of tuition expenses. UNM, which is one of 28 institutions across the country with an NIAAA institutional research training grant, will waive the other 40 percent as an important institutional component in support of the grant.