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. 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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Featured Scholars

Jerreed and Cory with yellow-leafed aspen trees and mountains in the background

Cary Waubanascum, PhD & Jerreed Ivanich, PhD

We are proud to announce that 2 of our NCRE Scholars have been selected as 2023 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows: Drs. Cary Waubanascum (Cohort 10) and Jerreed Ivanich (Cohort 6). The Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows program brings together leaders and changemakers from across the country, in diverse sectors, serving diverse communities. Ascend is a catalyst for the bold ideas that Cary and Jerreed bring to this space and our shared work to support the health, wellbeing, and THRIVING of Native children, families, and communities. Cary and Jerreed join 2 other NCRE Scholars who are previous Ascend Fellows – Drs. Alicia Mousseau (Cohort 1) and Jessica Ullrich (Cohort 8). 


Please take a few moments to watch the video and learn how Cary and Jerreed plan to ascend! Congratulations again Cary and Jerreed – we can’t wait to see where your work goes from here! 

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