Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research


PI/Program Director: Gregory P. Falkin, PhD
Scientific Director: George De Leon, PhD

BEHAVIORAL SCIENTISTS: This program is primarily designed to advance the scientific careers of behavioral scientists in a variety of fields and disciplines, such as anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, epidemiology, psychology, public health, sociology, and social work. Behavioral sciences may also include other disciplines such as economics, education, geography, history, law, medicine, neuropsychology, nursing, statistics, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary fields such as human development, sociomedical sciences, or urban studies that are sponsored by specific doctoral-degree granting institutions.

CANDIDATES: Postdoctoral applicants are recruited nationally and come from different departments and universities around the USA. Predoctoral fellows are usually doing their graduate work at universities in the New York metropolitan area, although some have received their doctorates from institutions far beyond the New York area. While most applicants are pursuing a Ph.D., doctoral degrees by other names and acronyms are considered (e.g. DrPH, DSW, JD, MD/MPH).

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT: The Public Health Service requires that all predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card status). We cannot accept applications from individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Fellows are expected to devote full time effort (40 hours/week) to their postdoctoral training. Outside employment for additional compensation is permitted, but for no more than two days per week. All fellows are expected to reside in the New York Metropolitan area during their appointments and attend weekly meetings (every Monday from 10 to 5) at NDRI offices.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: This Behavioral Sciences Training (BST) program is the largest pre- and postdoctoral training program supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. It is one of many such programs funded by Congress via the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). This BST program is administered by Public Health Solutions, the largest non-profit organization providing public health services and conducting health-related research in New York City. Public Health Solutions has very close ties to the NYC Department of Health. The training site is located at the offices of National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., a non-profit research and training center with over 25 nationally renowned Principal Researchers and 70 major grants and contracts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other Federal and state agencies, and a variety of private sources. NDRI and PHS are NOT academic institutions and do not grant degrees in any fields. The training program is affiliated with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Gregory P. Falkin or Vicki Zaleski
Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc./PHS
71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10010

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