The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funds Institutional Research Training Grants through the National Research Service Award (NRSA) program. Support of these institutional grants is expected to help ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research disciplines to meet the Nation's alcohol research needs. Institutions select promising students to sponsor for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral training in research areas pertinent to understanding the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems. Recruitment and retention of under-respresented groups (minorities and women) to increase workforce diversity is expected.  Opportunities exist for both basic and clinical research in a variety of disciplines, including social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological sciences. NIAAA has funded more than 100 pre-and postdoctoral trainees annually, many of whom are now active investigators in the alcohol research field. Interested individuals or sponsors should contact the Program Director for more information about specific opportunities at the addresses listed below. In addition, many of these training programs have websites on the Internet which can be reached at the URL addresses below.

San Diego State University
Department of Psychology

6330 Alvarado Court #100
San Diego, CA 92120
Tel. (619) 594-4566
Fax: (619) 594-1895

Program Director: Edward P. Riley, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Alcohol Research in the Science/Practitioner Model: behavioral sciences in alcohol abuse. Joint program with UC San Diego.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral


The Scripps Research Institute
Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders
10550 North Torrey Pines Road
Stein 305
La Jolla, CA 92037

Program Director: Marisa Roberto, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Molecular, cellular, behavioral and clinical neuropsychopharmacology of alcohol use.  Post-doctoral trainees


University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health
Prevention Research Center

2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 601
Berkeley, CA 94704-1365 

Program Director: Joel W. Grube, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Interdisciplinary training in prevention science with an emphasis on environmental approaches to prevention of alcohol abuse and problems using evaluation, geographical/spatial, epidemiology, survey, ethnography and other methods. Post-doctoral trainees


University of California, Berkeley Alcohol Research Group
6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 400
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tel. (510) 597-3440
Fax: (510) 985-6459

Program Director: Lee A. Kaskutas, Dr. P.H.

Research Emphasis: Epidemiology and treatment of alcohol use disorders, including distribution and health disparities of alcohol problems, handling by health services, and public health and policy implications.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral applications


University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus
Department of Pharmacology
12800 E. 19th Avenue, MS 8303
Aurora, CO 80045-0511
Tel. (303) 724-3628
Fax: (303) 724-3666

Program Director: Paula L. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Pharmacogenetic, molecular biological, genomic, proteomic and behavioral genetic studies of alcohol and drug effects, abuse and dependence. Post-doctoral trainees


University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2103
Tel. (860) 679-4154
Fax: (860) 679-4077

Program Director: Lance O. Bauer, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Clinical research: etiology and treatment of alcohol problems; neuroimaging; basic neurobiology.  Post-doctoral trainees


Loyola University Chicago
Stritch School of Medicine
Department of Surgery, Burn & Shock Trauma Institute
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Tel. (708) 327-2477
Fax: (708) 327-2813

Program Director: Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Neuroimmunoendocrine Effects of Alcohol: cytokine control of immune responses after injury.  Pre-doctoral and Post- doctoral trainees


Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry

791 Union Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4887 

Program Director: Christine Czacowski, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Genetic aspects of alcoholism; molecular biology of alcohol metabolizing enzymes, alcohol preference, gene mapping, neurobiology, behavioral genetics, molecular pathology, animal models.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Department of Physiology
1901 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 

Program Director: Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Biomedical consequences of alcohol on HIV disease, neuroimmunoendocrine regulation during infection and trauma, and hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell biology. HIV risk assessment and community-level intervention.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Brandeis University
Heller School, Schneider Institutes, Institute for Behavioral Health

415 South Street - MS 035
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
Tel. (781) 736-4830
Fax: (781) 736-3985

Program Director: Constance M. Horgan, Sc.D.

Research Emphasis: Health services research focused on organization, financing, delivery and cost-effectiveness of alcohol abuse prevention and treatment services.  Pre-doctoral trainees


University of Michigan School of Medicine
University of Michigan Addiction Center
Department of Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Program Director: Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Multidisciplinary training: neurobiological and psychological mechanisms, health services research, prevention, treatment, lifespan developmental mechanisms.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


University of Missouri-Columbia College of Arts and Science
Department of Psychological Sciences

200 South Seventh Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Tel. (573) 882-1682
Fax: (573) 884-5588

Program Director: Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Psychology of Alcohol Use and Dependence: causes and effects of alcohol use and dependence from a broad biopsychosocial perspective.  Pre-doctoral and Post- doctoral trainees


Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry

660 South Euclid Avenue, CB8134
St. Louis, MO 63110
Tel. (314) 286-2203
Fax: (314) 286-2213

Program Director: Andrew C. Heath, D. Phil.

Research Emphasis: Multidisciplinary training: Genetics, epidemiology, nosology, neuroscience of alcohol effects on CNS.  Post-doctoral trainees


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Center for Alcohol Studies

CB# 7178 Thurston-Bowles Bldg.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7178
Tel. (919) 966-5678
Fax: (919) 966-5679

Program Director: Fulton T. Crews, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Pathogenesis of alcoholism, molecular medicine technologies, molecular biology, gene therapy.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1083
Tel. (336) 716-8525
Fax: (336) 716-8501

Program Director: Brian A. McCool, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Multidisciplinary training in alcohol research: molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience and behavior.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Yale University
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
950 Campbell Avenue, 116A
West Haven, CT 06516
Tel: (203) 932-5711, ext. 7402
Fax: (203) 937-3869;

Program Director: Ismene Petrakis, M.D.

Research Emphasis: Translational research in alcoholism (4 Core Programs): Clinical, Neuroimaging, Genetics and Basic Science.  Post-doctoral trainees


University of New Mexico
Department of Neurosciences
MSC08 4740
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Tel. (505) 272-3128
Fax: (505) 272-8082

Program Director: Carlos Fernando Valenzuela, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders; alcohol craving, dependence, tolerance and withdrawal; stress, hormonal, and cognitive effects of alcohol; development of treatments for alcoholism and FASD.  Pre-doctoral trainees


University of New Mexico
Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions

2650 Yale Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Tel: (505) 925-2388
Fax: (505) 923-2301

Program Director: Barbara S. McCrady, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Clinical and indicated prevention research focusing on: mechanisms of change, outcomes research, dissemination studies in diverse populations. Combined psychosocial and neuroimaging methodologies.  Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral


University at Buffalo
Research Institute on Addictions

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203-1016
Tel. (719) 887-2566
Fax: (719) 887-2252

Program Director: Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the etiology, course, and treatment of alcohol use.  Post-doctoral training


Oregon Health & Sciences University
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson
Park Road L470
Portland, OR 97239-3098
Tel. (503) 494-7765
Fax: (503) 494-6877

Program Director: Tamara J. Philips, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Biological processes in the etiology of alcoholism; gene mapping; neuroadaptive mechanisms of alcohol dependence; effects of alcohol on memory and cognition.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson Medical College
Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology
1020 Locust Street, Room 269
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel. (215) 503-5016
Fax: (215) 923-2218

Program Director: Joannes B. Hoek, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Pathology of alcoholic tissue injury: multidisciplinary approach using techniques in and cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and immunology.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


Developmental Alcohol Research Training Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593

Program Directors: Gale A. Richardson, Ph.D. ( and Brooke S.G. Molina, Ph.D. (

Research Emphasis: approaches training in alcohol use and addiction research from a developmental perspective, focusing on gestation to adulthood. Training involves active participation on research projects with mentors, supplemented by courses and by the required Career and Research Development Seminar. Post-doctoral trainees


Brown University
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Box G-S121-4
Providence, RI 02912
Tel. (401) 863-6624
Fax: (401) 863-6647

Program Director: Peter M. Monti, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Alcohol intervention and treatment outcome research.  Post-doctoral trainees


Medical University of South Carolina
Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
67 President Street, MSC 861
Charleston, SC 29425
Tel. (843) 792-5225
Fax: (843) 792-7353

Program Director: John Woodward, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Basic and clinical research on alcohol use and abuse; treatment outcome research; assessment of craving utilizing clinical laboratory paradigms and brain imaging studies; animal models of alcohol dependence and drinking.  Post-doctoral trainees


University of Texas at Austin
Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology

1 University Station, A1915
Austin, TX 78712
Tel. (512) 471-2061
Fax: (512) 475-6088

Program Director: Rueben A. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Neurochemical and behavioral effects of alcohol problems; molecular biology and genetics.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


University of Washington
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1100 NE 45th Street, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
Tel. (206) 616-2896
Fax: (206) 616-1705

Program Director: Mary Larimer, Ph.D.

Research Emphasis: Alcohol research, with emphasis on the etiology and prevention of problem drinking and alcohol dependence.  Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral trainees


For additional Information regarding the NIAAA Institutional Research Training Programs, contact:

Lynn Morin
Chair, NIAAA Alcohol Research Centers and Training Working Group
Office of the Director
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
6700B Rockledge Drive, Room 1232, MSC 6902
Bethesda, MD 20892-6902*
Tel. (301) 402-0176
*For overnight delivery, please use Rockville, MD 20817



Updated July 2018