Addiction Research Training Programs: Four Case Studies and Recommendations for Evaluation

Aimee N.C. Campbell, Sudie E. Back, Jamie S. Ostroff, Denise A. Hien, Marc N. Gourevitch, Christine E. Sheffer, Kathleen T. Brady, Kathleen Hanley, Sewit Bereket, Sarah Book

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The presence of structured addiction research training programs helps to ensure that the scientific workforce includes well-trained, diverse scientists necessary to reduce the negative impact of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use disorders. Although the field has made significant progress in the development of standards for clinical training in addiction medicine, there remains significant room for improvement in the training of addiction researchers, and also opportunities to synergize across addiction research training programs. The purpose of this commentary is to describe 4 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored addiction research training programs, highlight critical components, and provide recommendations for more comprehensive and effective program evaluation. Moving forward, evaluation of addiction research training programs would be enhanced by the use of conceptual models to inform process and outcome evaluations, the application of innovative methods to ensure long-term data collection, the improvement of mentorship evaluation measures, and the integration of training methods from other fields of study. We encourage NIH and others in the field to be proactive in establishing core metrics for evaluation across programs. Furthermore, centralized tracking of NIH-funded addiction research trainees, analysis of aggregate data across programs, and innovative methods to effectively disseminate program materials and processes are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-338
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Addiction Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017


  • addiction education
  • addiction research training
  • graduate education
  • medical education
  • undergraduate education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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