Drug Abuse Training Grant


We offer our graduate students predoctoral training in research on drug abuse, supported by a training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse held since 1990.

Our Drug Abuse Training Grant provides Psychology and Neuroscience and Neurobiology students interdisciplinary, graduate training in research areas related to drug and alcohol abuse. The objective of this program, now in its 6th five-year renewal period, continues to be the preparation of predoctoral students for research careers. Training laboratories are located at several sites at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, including the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Pharamcology, and Psychiatry, Neurobiology, and Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.

Our faculty are well-suited for training in research related to drug and alcohol abuse. Our research and training activities provide a broad spectrum of high quality training opportunities, including behavioral pharmacology and neurobiology of drugs of abuse, immunology, and the genetics and cognitive/behavioral factors of addiction. The interaction among investigators additionally provides a strong collaborative environment for students. Focused training is disseminated through interdepartmental courses, seminars, and extensive laboratory research.

Many of our students in this training program receive financial support. Tuition, fees, and health insurance are covered by this program and an additional competitive stipend is provided for travel to conferences and professional meetings. Upon completion of their training, students are prepared to purse a career related to drug and alcohol abuse in academic, research, and clinical settings. Some of our graduates in the Predoctoral Drug Abuse Research Training Program have held research and teaching positions at major universities, received external funding to contribute to the field of drug abuse research, and obtained careers in pharmaceutical companies.

Interdisciplinary Seminars

We offer a number of interdisciplinary seminars related to the Drug Abuse Training Grant, including:

  • Neurobiology of Ethanol and Drugs of Abuse
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience and Drug Addiction
  • Pain, Analgesia, and Analgesics
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Current Topics in NeuroImaging