The Division on Substance Abuse of the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute established a 2-year postdoctoral program 14 years ago that focuses on training physicians and psychologists for research careers in substance abuse. The main goal of this program is to provide both the research skills and clinical expertise necessary to design and carry out research on the etiology and treatment of substance use disorders. In this competing application we are requesting 5 additional years of funding for 5 fellows to be enrolled in the program each year. The program continues to include the following aspects: 1) Didactic introduction to clinical research in the addictions that incorporates a) a comprehensive overview of the substance abuse field b) an introduction and advanced course in statistics c) a weekly journal club and methodology seminar, and d) a formal course and ongoing instruction on the ethical and appropriate scientific conduct of clinical research;2) Research apprenticeship: Each trainee works as a junior collaborator under the close supervision of a senior investigator who serves as a preceptor and mentor;3) Clinical experience in the major modalities used to treat substance abuse;and 4) Development of teaching capabilities: Each fellow is provided opportunities to provide lectures/seminars to medical students, psychiatric and other medical house staff and/or present at journal clubs and scientific meetings. In the 14 years that the program has been running there has been a steady flow of high quality applicants. 32 trainees have entered the program, including 22 physicians (18 psychiatrists, 1 neurologist, 3 internists), 1 nurse practitioner with a doctorate in public health, and 9 psychologists. Of those who graduated, 48% have gone on to full time academic-research positions, 22% have entered academic clinical/teaching positions in which they have remained actively involved in research activities, 7% are involved in research in profit or non-profit settings. Five fellows are currently in training and two additional fellows will begin training in July 2007. The program has been successful in recruiting women and minority trainees. In parallel, the faculty within the Division has continued to grow. At the first grant submission there were 9 faculty members within the Division on Substance Abuse. At the last submission there were 16 faculty members within the Division of which 9 were capable of serving as mentors. Currently, the Division has grown to 21 faculty members, of which 11 are capable of serving as mentors. This sustained grown demonstrates how vibrant the Division on Substance Abuse is for young investigators.

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
Biswas, Jamie
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Columbia University (N.Y.)
Schools of Medicine
New York
United States
Zip Code
Jones, Jermaine D; Roux, Perrine; Stancliff, Sharon et al. (2014) Brief overdose education can significantly increase accurate recognition of opioid overdose among heroin users. Int J Drug Policy 25:166-70
Davis, Glen P; Surratt, Hilary L; Levin, Frances R et al. (2014) Antiretroviral medication: an emerging category of prescription drug misuse. Am J Addict 23:519-25
Dakwar, E; Anerella, C; Hart, C L et al. (2014) Therapeutic infusions of ketamine: do the psychoactive effects matter? Drug Alcohol Depend 136:153-7
Naqvi, Nasir H; Gaznick, Natassia; Tranel, Daniel et al. (2014) The insula: a critical neural substrate for craving and drug seeking under conflict and risk. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1316:53-70
Davis, Glen P; Compton, Michael T; Wang, Shuai et al. (2013) Association between cannabis use, psychosis, and schizotypal personality disorder: findings from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Schizophr Res 151:197-202
Kalapatapu, Raj K; Campbell, Aimee; Aharonovich, Efrat et al. (2013) Demographic and clinical characteristics of middle-aged versus younger adults enrolled in a clinical trial of a web-delivered psychosocial treatment for substance use disorders. J Addict Med 7:66-72
Cooper, Ziva D; Comer, Sandra D; Haney, Margaret (2013) Comparison of the analgesic effects of dronabinol and smoked marijuana in daily marijuana smokers. Neuropsychopharmacology 38:1984-92
Horey, Jonathan T; Mariani, John J; Cheng, Wendy Y et al. (2012) Comparison of substance use milestones in cannabis- and cocaine-dependent patients. J Addict Dis 31:60-6
Dakwar, Elias; Mariani, John P; Levin, Frances R (2011) Mindfulness impairments in individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 37:165-9
Mysels, David J; Vosburg, Suzanne K; Benga, Ileana et al. (2011) Course of weight change during naltrexone versus methadone maintenance for opioid-dependent patients. J Opioid Manag 7:47-53

Showing the most recent 10 out of 15 publications