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Florida International University Seeking Clinical Science Doctoral Students

News Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 16:00

The Research on Adolescent and Child Health Laboratory (ReACH Lab) (http://reachlab.fiu.eduDirector: Dr. Elisa Trucco)located in the College of Arts, Science, and Education (CASE) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, is looking to recruit doctoral students for the FIU Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Trucco’s research interests focus on understanding early risk and protective factors that lead to adolescent delinquency and substance use. Informed by developmental theory, her work examines how factors such as personality, biology, parenting, and peers impact risk for substance use across childhood into young adulthood. Ultimately, the goal of this line of research is to improve substance use prevention programming for children and teens. Dr. Trucco’s research is currently funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). 
Opportunities: The FIU Clinical Science program seeks to produce clinical scientists who are committed to applying scientific evidence to further the implementation of child and adolescent assessment, prevention, and treatment. The program, which has rigorous research and clinical milestones, has active funding (over $87 million in external funding since 2010), as well as productive faculty members with a variety of interests and expertise. Doctoral students will receive clinical training through programs affiliated with the Center for Children and Families (, which focuses heavily on clinical services for children and adolescents, research, and training opportunities. Under the mentorship of Dr. Trucco, doctoral students will join a collaborative lab and have the opportunity to utilize preexisting data, as well as pursue independent projects. Students will also have the opportunity to work on ongoing NIH-funded research through active awards in the ReACH Lab. 
Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in researching adolescent substance use. Applicants should have prior research experience and strong letters of recommendation. Post-bac research experience is preferred. More information regarding requirements to the program can be found on the Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology website ( 
More information: Additional information regarding the ReACH Lab, current projects, and recent studies can be found online at More information on Dr. Trucco’s publications can be found on ResearchGate
How to Apply: Application instructions can be found on the CSCAP website ( The deadline to apply is December 1st. If you have questions regarding applications, you may contact Lara Wilson ( If you have additional questions regarding the ReACH lab contact Dr. Elisa Trucco ( Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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