Two Receive Diversity Early Career Faculty Development Awards

May 31, 2016

The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute has partnered with the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior to make two Diversity Early Career Faculty Development Awards. These awards are part of an effort to enhance and improve the recruitment and retention of early career faculty members from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who have considerable promise and potential as independent investigators.

The awards are for 1-2 years and provide pilot funds to help develop research projects that have high potential for external grant support. The recipients of these first two awards are:

Rohan Palmer, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Project Title : Integrative Prioritization of Genetic Loci for Complex Traits: A Pilot Study of Drug Dependence  

Project Summary : Dr. Palmer is a quantitative geneticist who is interested in the genetics of complex traits related to substance abuse and addiction. He will establish a collaborative network to pool data from several genetic studies of substance addiction. He will then utilize a novel integration of functional data and Bayesian statistics to search that data set to identify and characterize genetic traits that lead to high risk of drug dependence.  

Tina Boisseau, PhD   

Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Project Title : Transdiagnostic Treatment for Emotional Disorders  

Project Summary : Dr. Boisseau is a clinical psychologist who has developed a research program related to the treatment of anxiety disorders and the roles of anti-depressant drugs (SRIs) and the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that she helped develop. With this award she will conduct a small study examining SRI discontinuation and UP in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia and/or panic disorder. This study will broaden an ongoing research program focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder and will provide additional pilot data to support future grant submissions.

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