Course DescriptionsThere are 15 total credit hours required for the Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health.
Course I: PHC 6539 Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on adolescent behavioral health through a detailed examination of the interaction of epidemiology, disease surveillance, social neuroscience, environmental vulnerability, pharmacology and developmental risk and resiliency that affect the lives of adolescent populations at risk for drug use and mental disorders.
Course II: PHC 6728 Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods; measurement models; skills of research relevant to translational research; the core principles of implementation science; and the transfer/translation of knowledge from the research setting to clinical practice settings. Course material will emphasize skills for developing translational researchers, strategies for being culturally competent, and will be career-minded in the mediation, cultivation and development of translational research skills and the implementation of evidence-based practices. Emphasis is placed on service needs of children and adolescents with co-occurring disorders as the population of interest.
Course III: PHC 6729 Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on advanced topics in community-based participatory research in child and adolescent behavioral health. It will also focus on evaluating organizational readiness to adopt evidence-based practices in child and adolescent behavioral health.
Service Learning Courses:PHC 6946 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I (2 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to orient students to the organizational context of community agencies and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. Students will complete the initial phase of the Capstone Project, which is the service learning component of the Institute for Translational Research Education training program. Students, academic mentors and community partners will collaborate in teams to develop a research project for a community-based agency.
PHC 6947 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II (2 credit hours)
Students will complete the second phase of the Capstone Project. During this course, students will implement research projects conceptualized in the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I course.
PHC 6948 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health III (2 credit hours)
Students will complete the final phase of the Capstone Project. During this course, students will analyze and report findings from research projects conducted during the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II course. Students will also prepare to present their research findings at the annual conference in March, The Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.
The Institute will take place over four semesters. Program participants will each earn nine graduate credit hours from coursework and six credit hours from the service learning project, conducted over three semesters.
In the first semester of the program, participants will take part in a scholar orientation. Scholars will then attend the Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health (see link to conference website, http://cmhconference.com/) in March where they will meet with meet potential community partners and academic mentors. Institute scholars will also attend the conference a year later (in the fourth semester of the program), where they will present their completed Capstone Projects. Following the second annual conference, remaining course hours will be dedicated to the preparation of manuscripts for submission and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Participants will also be strongly encouraged, with the assistance of their mentors, to prepare a grant application for implementation of evidence-based practices in a community setting.