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 Susie Lopez

Susanna (Susie) Lopez is a current NCRE Scholar and a 5th year clinical psychology PhD graduate student at Oklahoma State University. As a final step towards obtaining her doctoral degree, Susie has successfully matched to a one-year clinical internship at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle, WA. During this internship, Susie aims to expand her clinical training in substance use and behavior medicine and further her research investigating the etiology and treatment of high-risk drinking with diverse veteran populations. She believes the internship program at the VA in Seattle is an ideal program to solidify her clinical skills before graduating in May 2022, and it is an excellent step towards reaching her career goal of becoming an independent substance use researcher. Congratulations to Susie! We are excited to see where this next phase of your professional journey leads!

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