official-logo-fire-as-1

Advertisements

Get involved in cutting-edge research that spans the continuum from basic science to clinical practice!

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides a multi-semester, inquiry-based research experience and mentorship to first-year students through faculty-led discovery and scholarship projects. Students in the FIRE Stream in Addiction Science are immersed in a hands-on learning experience driven by the research agendas and grant commitments of CAPER faculty.

What is the research focus?

To address all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and its harmful consequences, the FIRE Stream in Addiction Science ranges from basic studies of the neurobehavioral and decision-making processes that underlie addictive behavior to research on the treatment of addictive behavior and psychological conditions that often co-occur with addiction. This stream also addresses the unique vulnerabilities and health disparities that derive from environmental and social systems.

Why is this research important?

The costs of substance abuse and addiction are vast and varied. Substance abuse and addiction often triggers or exacerbates physical and mental health problems, impedes educational and vocational progress, leads to family rupture and strain, hinders social development, and contributes to social inequity including disparities in health, education, and the criminal justice system faced by racial/ethnic minority and low-income communities. Advances in addiction science have identified the biological, psychological, environmental, and socio-cultural factors that contribute to the development and progression of addictive behavior. Scientists then use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the burden of substance abuse and addiction on individuals as well as the toll on their families and communities. Further, the knowledge generated from research related to addiction has the potential to inform science-based policies and programs that reduce the prevalence of drug abuse and addiction, improve public health, and move towards health equity.

What do students learn?

To address all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and its harmful consequences, the FIRE Stream in Addiction Science ranges from basic studies of the neurobehavioral and decision-making processes that underlie addictive behavior to research on the treatment of addictive behavior and psychological conditions that often co-occur with addiction. This stream also addresses the unique vulnerabilities and health disparities that derive from environmental and social systems.

Why would you want to join?

Faculty and other doctoral level staff at CAPER are highly committed to mentoring undergraduate students and providing a hands-on, personalized research immersion experience. For students who are interested in professional or graduate school, a high number of CAPER post-baccalaureate and undergraduate research staff have been accepted to competitive medical schools and doctoral programs in psychology, as well as graduate programs in social work, public health, law, business administration, and many other fields. For those who may not be interested in these paths, the Fire Stream in Addiction Science offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable life skills such as critical thinking, research literacy, as well as interpersonal and cultural sensitivity.