Since its inception in 1984, the Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research Program (BST) has become one of the nation's largest NRSA training programs specializing in behavioral science research on drug abuse, AIDS, and crime. The BST program has trained 149 predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees-with nearly half of them being racial/ethnic minorities. This application requests authorization to maintain the current levels of appointments (7 postdoctoral and 9 predoctoral trainees) during each of Years 26 to 30. The BST program operates in a quasi-academic environment and is operated by three collaborating institutions: Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc. (MHRA), the grant administrator;National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), the training site;and the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) at Columbia University, the university affiliate. Dr. Bruce D. Johnson directs a core faculty of 46 leading researchers from MHRA, NDRI, and MSPH, who provide highly structured and rigorous training for BST trainees. The mission of the BST program is to prepare behavioral scientists, especially racial/ethnic minorities, for careers in drug abuse research and allied fields. This is accomplished by (1) recruiting and appointing promising scientists, about half from minority backgrounds, for traineeships;(2) providing advanced training in substantive topics and theory, research methods and practices, and the ethical conduct of research;and (3) mentoring and advising trainees. In addition to a variety of weekly seminars and workshops, trainees participate regularly in supervised research-ample opportunities exist on well over 200 Federal grants/contracts of BST core faculty-and they conduct their own independent research. This application includes two new features: a strengthened, required grant writing workshop, and an interdisciplinary training component in biobehavioral research. The BST program's long-standing success is evident in the significant contributions of 137 graduates (including 43 predoctoral trainees who have received their doctorates, with 9 in progress) and 14 current fellows. Many former trainees have distinguished themselves through their research and publications-the number of publications by current and former BST trainees is estimated at over 1,000. BST trainees have received as Pis 22 grants from NIH, been Co-investigators on more than 40 NIH-funded projects, and obtained over 80 grants from other Federal, state, and private funding sources.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDA1-EXL-T (04))
Program Officer
Lopez, Marsha
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Public Health Solutions
New York
United States
Zip Code
Wolfson-Stofko, Brett; Elliott, Luther; Bennett, Alex S et al. (2018) Perspectives on supervised injection facilities among service industry employees in New York City: A qualitative exploration. Int J Drug Policy 62:67-73
Wolfson-Stofko, Brett; Gwadz, Marya V; Elliott, Luther et al. (2018) ""Feeling confident and equipped"": Evaluating the acceptability and efficacy of an overdose response and naloxone administration intervention to service industry employees in New York City. Drug Alcohol Depend 192:362-370
Khan, Maria R; Scheidell, Joy D; Rosen, David L et al. (2018) Early age at childhood parental incarceration and STI/HIV-related drug use and sex risk across the young adult lifecourse in the US: Heightened vulnerability of black and Hispanic youth. Drug Alcohol Depend 183:231-239
Amutah-Onukagha, Ndidiamaka; Mahadevan, Meena; Opara, Ijeoma et al. (2018) Project THANKS: Examining HIV/AIDS-Related Barriers and Facilitators to Care in African American Women: A Community Perspective. AIDS Patient Care STDS 32:119-128
Gwadz, Marya; Freeman, Robert M; Kutnick, Alexandra H et al. (2018) Do Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth Work? A Qualitative Exploration From the Perspectives of Youth Clients in Diverse Settings. Front Public Health 6:112
Gunn, Alana J; Sacks, Tina K; Jemal, Alexis (2018) ""That's not me anymore"": Resistance strategies for managing intersectional stigmas for women with substance use and incarceration histories. Qual Soc Work 17:490-508
Frank, David (2018) ""I Was Not Sick and I Didn't Need to Recover"": Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) as a Refuge from Criminalization. Subst Use Misuse 53:311-322
Scanlon, Faith A; Scheidell, Joy D; Cuddeback, Gary S et al. (2018) Depression, Executive Dysfunction, and Prior Economic and Social Vulnerability Associations in Incarcerated African American Men. J Correct Health Care 24:295-308
Scheidell, Joy D; Quinn, Kelly; McGorray, Susan P et al. (2018) Childhood traumatic experiences and the association with marijuana and cocaine use in adolescence through adulthood. Addiction 113:44-56
Steen, Jeffrey T; Kravitz, Taylor; Straussner, S Lala A (2018) Lessons Learned From a Web-Based Study of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Problems Among Social Workers in the USA. Int J Ment Health Addict 16:975-980

Showing the most recent 10 out of 319 publications