The Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) brings together researchers studying child development from birth through emerging adulthood in Native communities. NCRE provides opportunities for the open exchange of information and ideas and for building collaborative relationships and disseminating knowledge about Native children’s development. Mentoring early career investigators and graduate students, particularly those who are American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian community members, is central to NCRE’s mission.
The NCRE Scholars Program provides career development support to early career investigators and late-stage graduate students interested in pursuing research on substance use and disorder and Native child and adolescent development. In the first eight years of this program (2012-2020), NCRE Scholars has included 19 Scholars in eight cohorts, including ten postdoctoral Scholars and nine graduate student Scholars. We are now recruiting 4 Scholars to join Cohort 9, which will launch in September 2020. Early career investigators, including junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and late-stage doctoral students in psychology, sociology, public health, anthropology, education, or related disciplines are eligible to apply.
The NCRE Scholars program is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R25DA050645; Whitesell and Sarche, PIs).
Dr. Tammy Kahalaopuna Kaho'olemana Martin is an NCRE Scholar in Cohort 9. Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University. She holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Martin was recently awarded a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Diversity Supplement entitled, “Intervention development and pilot study to prevent untreated Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander opioid use disorders.” This award will support Dr. Martin’s work to understand the cultural and community facilitators and barriers to treatment seeking for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people with opioid and methamphetamine use disorders. Dr. Martin is looking forward to learning from this work to develop a cultural intervention that can be tested in future research. Dr. Martin’s mentors for this award are Drs. Andy Subica, Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, Nia Aitaoto, and Scott Okomoto.