USF’s Center on co-occurring disorders, justice, and multidisciplinary research

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The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy within USF’s College of Behavioral and Community Sciences received a grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the amount of $1.46 million over two years to support the development of a Research Core Center, entitled the USF Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research (CJM Center). The grant is designed to support recruitment and development of three junior investigators in areas of biomedical research relevant to NIH, to enhance existing innovative programs of excellence. The three junior investigators (see below) hired under the grant will have joint appointments on tenure-earning faculty lines at USF, each with affiliations to the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. Two of the investigators will have primary faculty appointments in the BCS College (MHLP serves as the home department for both; one with a joint appointment to COPH’s Department of Community and Family Health, and one with a joint appointment to the Department of Criminology), and one faculty member will have a primary appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences (Psychology serves as the home department, with a joint appointment to MHLP). The grant provides a rich infrastructure of research support, including both internal mentors at USF, external mentors at NIDA-supported Research Centers (CJDATS-2 Network), conference travel, pilot research funds, limited requirements for teaching assignments during the first four years, and involvement in a ‘Virtual Collaboratory’ research network.