NCRE Scholars Program

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).

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NCRE Scholar Alicia Mousseau

Dr. Mousseau is a former NCRE Scholar and is currently the Vice President for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Mousseau was recently selected as a 2021 Aspen Ascend Fellow. Over the next year, Ascend Fellows will have a chance to inspire, challenge, and support each other and grow their leadership in exponential ways. Ascend Fellows will pursue work across sectors that impact the vitality and wellness of families, from reinventing systems of care and learning, unlocking capital that opens doors for economic inclusion and justice, and breaking ground with research that changes the course for policies and practices directly impacting communities.

You can follow along and read about the Ascend Fellows' journeys here.

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