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Mission and Aims

The mission of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health is to develop, cultivate, and disseminate an innovative model of research education that addresses best practices for translational research in the field of adolescent behavioral health, as it relates to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

The Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health will focus on translational research methods, policies and perspectives, and the practical skills of translational research. Special attention is afforded to childhood precursors to drug abuse and mental disorders in middle to late adolescence, such as early onset substance use, and externalizing disruptive behavior disorders. The Institute provides training for scholars on translational research methods, policies and perspectives, and the practical skills of translational research.

A cross-disciplinary collaborative approach will be used with special attention to evidence-based practice, translational research, and adolescents as an at-risk population. The Institute is a collaborative effort between local adolescent-serving community agencies and two Colleges at the University of South Florida: the College of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.