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).
Rebecca Young is a current NCRE Scholar. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. She was recently selected for a fellowship with the Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH) program. NW NARCH is operated by the EpiCenter at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), an Indian organization uniquely qualified to administer NW NARCH based on active membership of all 43 Northwest Indian tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. As a NARCH Fellow, Rebecca will have access to highly trained Native health researchers sensitive to the culture and specific concerns of Northwest American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In addition, as a NW NARCH fellow, Rebecca will receive funding for work on her dissertation research as well as a travel stipend for conference attendance.