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  |  June 2024

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This month, we'd like to highlight former NCRE Scholars and their recently funded grant proposals!


Tribal Adolescent Connections Study

Two NCRE Scholars are Co-Principal Investigators on this study: Katie A. Schultz (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), PhD, who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and Jerreed Ivanich (Metlakatla Indian Community), PhD, who is an Assistant Professor at the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado.

Funded by NIH NIDA (Grant No. R01DA060108-01), this longitudinal, mixed methods study will examine changes in the social networks of American Indian youth across adolescence and collect community-level social network data to identify optimal timing and strategies for culturally grounded prevention of substance use, suicide and exposure to violence at the micro (individual) and macro (community) levels. 

Helen Russette, PhD, MPH (Chippewa-Cree Tribe)

Dr. Russette, an Assistant Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received two awards this year! 

Applying the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Framework to Develop and Evaluate a Nature-based Culturally Grounded Substance Misuse Intervention for Native American Families

Funded by NIH NIDA (Grant no. K01DA060294-01), the overall goals for this project are to (1) develop and evaluate for implementation success, a nature-based culturally grounded substance misuse intervention tailored to Native American teenage mothers and their young children that live in a tribal community; and (2) advance my research and professional capacity to become an independent research investigator.

Investigating Culturally Grounded Interventions Occurring in the Natural Environment Designed to Address 'Deaths of Despair' among Native Americans

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action (E4A) (Grant no. 81524), the overarching research goals are to (1) inform the nature-based culturally grounded (NBCG) substance misuse intervention of the present and historical significance of place; (2) Identify place-based facilitators, barriers, and biodiversity (“non-human relatives”) present at NBCG intervention study sites; and, (3) Evaluate the efficacy of the NBCG intervention. 

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