Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health


Welcome to the Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse (ITRE) website! At the Institute, we are excited to offer student scholars a one-of-a-kind education and training program in translational research in adolescent drug abuse. Scholars of the Institute benefit from:

  • A team of mentors comprised of local community agency leaders, academic specialists and national experts in the field of adolescent behavioral health,
  • Learning experiences provided from web-based graduate courses and participation in the Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health,
  • Experience conducting a service learning research project in a community-based setting relevant to alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other behavioral health issues in adolescents,
  • Exposure to the latest science and nationally recognized experts in alcohol and drug abuse, comorbidities, and translational science, and
  • Funding for course credits and related program activities.

We look forward to sharing the work of our Institute scholars!

Dr. Julie Baldwin, Multiple Principal Investigator
Dr. Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Multiple Principal Investigator & Curriculum Director
Dr. Tom Massey, Multiple Principal Investigator & Evaluation Director
Dr. Donna Burton, Co-Investigator
Ercilia Calcano, Project Director

Funding Information:

The Institute is funded through a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 5R25DA031103-04.

News and Headlines
Institute Cohort 4 Scholars Meet Community Partners
The Garrison Suite at the Tampa Downtown Hilton buzzed with excitement as the Institute’s 13 new scholars met and interacted with representatives from six local community agencies: 1) BayCare Behavioral Health; 2) Hillsborough County Children Services; 3) Hillsborough County Public Schools; 4) Frameworks; 5) Mendez Foundation; and 6) Pasco County Schools. The Institute’s Service Learning […]
The Institute Welcomes Thirteen New Scholars!
At the start of the 2016 spring semester, the USF Translational Research Institute faculty and staff welcomed the fourth cohort of Institute scholars. Scholars attended orientation in January where they learned about their upcoming coursework, attended the annual conference, and worked together on a service learning project with community partners and academic mentors. This year, […]
Institute Cohort 3 Presents Research at National Conference
At the 29th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health held in Tampa on March 14, people from around the country listened to The USF Translational Research Institute’s scholars present their research findings. Cohort 3 scholars, along with their community partners, shared their service learning project results and gave […]
Institute encourages scholars to take action in adolescent behavioral health [VIDEO]
World Mental Health Day is October 10 Scholars of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health (Institute) do more than submit research proposals addressing an adolescent behavioral health problem. They translate that research into action. The Institute, a joint program between the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and the College […]