Yale Medical Researchers Receive $2.5 Million Faculty Training Grant

Addictive behaviors in women involving tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and overeating will be the focus of a new five-year, $2.5 million faculty training grant awarded to Yale University researchers in the Department of Psychiatry.

The grant, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, will be used to train scholars to conduct interdisciplinary research on addictive behaviors in women, and on the development of new gender-specific prevention and treatment strategies.

Carolyn M. Mazure, professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of Women’s Health Research at Yale, is the principal investigator, and Samuel A. Ball, professor of psychiatry, is the research director for this grant.

“The stark reality is that addictive behaviors in women currently rank among our most prevalent health concerns; disorders involving these behaviors are linked to some of the top causes of mortality and preventable disease,” Mazure said. “Our unique training program fills a great need for new researchers who can bridge many areas to fully understand addictive behaviors in women.”

The grant will annually support four junior faculty scholars who have earned an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent and have completed post-doctoral training. The scholars will remain with the program for up to three years.

“These scholars will have mentors assigned from among 25 experienced interdisciplinary researchers at Yale School of Medicine assembled for this program,” Ball said. “They will also be provided support to develop their own research project and will have access to courses, team science experiences, and professional coaching around academic career development.”

Jacob K. Tebes, associate professor of psychiatry, is the team science advisor, and Bruce J. Rounsaville, M.D., professor of psychiatry, is the senior mentor advisor.

“Ultimately, the purpose of our program is to ensure the development of scientists who make enduring contributions to the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors which result in direct practical benefit for women and their families,” Mazure said.

The faculty training grant comes from the NIH’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar Program.

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