The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities aims to provide participants with the following: 

  • A solid educational foundation for clinical research including research methodology and scientific writing skills.
  • Supplemental education on issues unique to justice-involved populations including: the ethics and practice of conducting research in criminal justice settings; the epidemiology and treatment of HIV, substance use disorders, and associated comorbidities including HCV in justice-involved populations; barriers to optimal treatment outcomes in this population; innovative research strategies to control the HIV and HCV epidemics and opioid crisis among justice-involved populations; and relevant community engagement and implementation science research methods and strategies.
  • A mentored research experience including funds for pilot projects (up to $15,000) that will offer participants the opportunity to develop interventions and preliminary datasets appropriate for future NIH grants and/or conduct secondary analyses of existing datasets, as well as to disseminate their findings at national meetings and through peer-reviewed literature.
  • Ongoing mentored research support and collaborative learning experiences by convening research-in-progress and expert seminars to review data collection, analyses, dissemination efforts, to provide technical grant writing assistance that integrates the research experience, and to deliver effective professional development.

This training program does not provide direct stipends nor salary support for participants. Resources are available to support: participation in educational opportunities including registration fees and associated travel, room, and board expenses; pilot research projects; and dissemination activities including attendance at relevant conferences and scientific meetings. 

The program is led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members from Brown University and collaborating institutions and has enrolled over thirty scholars to date.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Five early-career research scientists will be enrolled in the training program annually. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and exceptional predoctoral candidates are welcome to apply. The program is limited to U.S. citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Our online application portal can be accessed by clicking the button below here. For more information or to inquire about applying, please contact [email protected].

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