Alcohol Research Training Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Graduate School of  Public Health

Program Director: Marie D. Cornelius, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director: Nancy L. Day, Ph.D.


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Program Funding: National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA: T32 AA07453-26)

Type of Program: Postdoctoral Traineeship, MPH degree is optional. The duration of training is two years.

Program Description: The Alcohol Research Training Program prepares trainees for careers in alcohol research. Research in alcohol requires investigators who are trained in the most current and sophisticated methods of both epidemiology and biostatistics and who understand the application of these methodologies to the specific questions raised in alcohol research. This is accomplished by having training experience which involves working on research projects with any one of 30 training grant faculty members who act as mentors and who are active researchers. This program represents collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health. This training experience is also supported by relevant coursework in epidemiology, statistics, medicine, and psychology.

This is a well-established training program that was begun in 1982. Since that time, 29 postdoctoral fellows have completed the program. Twenty-five of the postdoctoral graduates have academic or research positions.

Learning Objectives:

  • To train post doctoral students and health professionals in the epidemiology of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

  • To train post doctoral students and health professionals in the application of biostatistics and research methodology to specific alcohol research questions.

  • To provide exposure to the breadth of previous and current research in alcohol studies.

  • To encourage trainees to investigate a topic in alcohol research under the sponsorship of an active research investigator in the area of alcohol studies.

  • To train trainees to move toward independent research goals and obtain independent research funding.