.The Scientific Core of the proposed Parents'Translational Research Center will coordinate the research needs ofthe three Core projects and pilot studies. The overall aims ofthe Scientific Core are to: 1) Manage the collection, processing, analysis and publication of data emanating from the studies in an efficient manner; 2) Maintain the highest level of research ethics, data integrity and methodological standards for all activities;and 3) Incorporate communications expertise to translate our findings into useful, evidence-based tools for parents and other consumers. Within the Core, the day-to-day management ofthe research, communication, training and mentoring functions will be served by a weekly Center Management Team consisting of Drs. McLellan (Center Director), Winters (Associate Center Director), Arria (Scientific Director), Ms. Faranda Diedrich (Coordinator);and Mr. Pasierb (CEO, The Partnership for Drug Free America). The Center Management Team will facilitate planning, coordination, and Implementation of the research projects, plan analyses and promote collaboration. This core will use the existing Data Management Unit, as well as the IRB and Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) already functioning within the Treatment Research Institute (TRI). The Scientific Core will provide important core services to all projects and investigators (Scientific Decision Making, Scientific Review and Guidance, Study Coordination, Data Management, and Data Sharing with Other Centers). Initial training of all research assistants, coordinators and investigators will be a key responsibility of the Scientific Core, providing standardized, center-wide training in four generic research procedures necessary for efficient operation of all Center studies (interviewer training, participant recruitment, assurance of participant safety and confidentiality, and patient tracking and follow-up). Mentoring of New Investigators will be managed by a specially appointed Director of Training and Mentoring (Dr. Kirby) who will be charged with monitoring and fostering the developing careers of fellows and new scientists within the Center. Finally, the Scientific Core (with its Advisory Boards) will be responsible for selecting and managing two pilot projects each year, using a review process that encourages work by New Investigators

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Winters, Ken C; Lee, Susanne; Botzet, Andria et al. (2014) One-year outcomes and mediators of a brief intervention for drug abusing adolescents. Psychol Addict Behav 28:464-74
Hudson, Clifton R; Kirby, Kimberly C; Clements, Nicolle T et al. (2014) Social adjustment of women with and without a substance-abusing partner. J Psychoactive Drugs 46:106-13
Kaynak, Övgü; Winters, Ken C; Cacciola, John et al. (2014) Providing alcohol for underage youth: what messages should we be sending parents? J Stud Alcohol Drugs 75:590-605
Washio, Yukiko; Fairfax-Columbo, Jaymes; Ball, Emily et al. (2014) A review of guidelines on home drug testing web sites for parents. J Addict Med 8:258-63
Arria, Amelia M; Mericle, Amy A; Rallo, Deanna et al. (2013) Integration of parenting skills education and interventions in addiction treatment. J Addict Med 7:1-7
Kaynak, Ovgu; Meyers, Kathleen; Caldeira, Kimberly M et al. (2013) Relationships among parental monitoring and sensation seeking on the development of substance use disorder among college students. Addict Behav 38:1457-63
Arria, Amelia M; Wilcox, Holly C; Caldeira, Kimberly M et al. (2013) Dispelling the myth of "smart drugs": cannabis and alcohol use problems predict nonmedical use of prescription stimulants for studying. Addict Behav 38:1643-50
Kirby, Kimberly C; Carpenedo, Carolyn M; Dugosh, Karen L et al. (2013) Randomized clinical trial examining duration of voucher-based reinforcement therapy for cocaine abstinence. Drug Alcohol Depend 132:639-45
Arria, Amelia M; Garnier-Dykstra, Laura M; Cook, Emily T et al. (2013) Drug use patterns in young adulthood and post-college employment. Drug Alcohol Depend 127:23-30
Winters, Ken C (2013) Advances in the science of adolescent drug involvement: implications for assessment and diagnosis - experience from the United States. Curr Opin Psychiatry 26:318-24

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