Alcohol Studies Program

Alcohol and Addiction Training at the University of Missouri NIH/NIAAA Training Grant

The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri offers intensive predoctoral and postdoctoral training in research in alcohol-related behavior and the addictions supported by an institutional training grant through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Our goal is to provide high quality, multidisciplinary training in research on alcohol and other substance use and dependence and prepare trainees for careers as independent investigators. The number and diversity of psychology faculty members who study alcohol and addiction make the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri a premier training site.

Predoctoral Training:

Our training grant supports six students in four primary areas of graduate study (Cognition and Neuroscience, Clinical, Social, and Quantitative Psychology) through the Department of Psychological Sciences. Students interested in alcohol and addictions are enrolled in one of the psychology training areas (there is no "degree" in addiction research or alcohol studies) and focus their research, under the mentorship of one of the training grant faculty members, on alcohol and addiction related-topics. They also attend specialized seminars, and research training workshops. Trainees receive a stipend and funds for travel and training-related expenses according to established NIH guidelines for a period of 2-3 years of study. Information on stipend levels and similar topics can be found at the NIH website. In addition to support on the institutional training grant, students interested in alcohol and addictions also receive training support through research assistantships, university scholarships, and Individual National Research Service Awards (F31s). Students in the clinical training area are also provided opportunities to acquire clinical experience working with substance dependent individuals.

Postdoctoral Training:

The Department of Psychological Sciences, at the University of Missouri, (MU) has five POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS IN ALCOHOL AND ADDICTIONS RESEARCH. Postdoctoral research fellows will undertake advanced training in addictions and pursue their own research interests under the supervision of one or more faculty preceptors. The positions are funded through an NIH Institutional Training grant (only US citizens and permanent residents can be considered) or by the University of Missouri (without residency limitations). Doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.’s interested in research opportunities offered by the training grant faculty (and described in the faculty pages of this website) are encouraged to contact us for more information. Information on postdoctoral traineeship stipends and requirements, including service payback, is available here and here

The training faculty have diverse interests in a number of sub-disciplines of psychological science. Trainees can work in the areas of behavioral pharmacology (Denis McCarthy, Bruce Bartholow, Ken Sher), behavioral and molecular genetics (Ian Gizer), quantitative methods (Doug Steinley, Clint Davis-Stober, Phil Wood), nosology and comorbidity (Tim Trull, Ken Sher, Doug Steinley), ambulatory assessment (Tim Trull), personality and individual differences (Tim Trull, Ken Sher), developmental approaches (Ian Gizer, Ken Sher, Phil Wood), decision making (Clint Davis-Stober, Denis McCarthy), and psychophysiology (Bruce Bartholow, Tim Trull, Ken Sher).

We anticipate having at least one postdoc position open that can begin after July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 1, 2022. Send a vita, a cover letter describing your research interests and training goals (2-4 pages), a diversity statement describing how you incorporate diversity into your research and scholarship (1-2 pages), and a list of 3 references to:, or materials can be sent to: Addiction Research Training, c/o Carol Waudby, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, 200 S. 7th Street, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, 573-882-1682. For more information, please contact Ken Sher (PI) at or Denis McCarthy at

The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, status as disabled veteran, or veteran of Vietnam era.

MU Alcohol Research Training Summer School (MU-ARTSS) (NIH/NIAAA R25AA023687)

The MU-ARTSS program is designed for undergraduate students interested in alcohol research and possible careers as alcohol researchers. The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) hosts a diverse cadre of psychologists dedicated to research into the etiology and course of alcoholism and related disorders. MU-ARTSS professors represent a wide array of expertise in the science of alcohol and addiction including genetics, personality, psychopathology, social and affective neuroscience, and social network analysis. Students participating in the MU-ARTSS program are part of the larger MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program (MU-SURP) which hosts approximately 100 students from universities and colleges across the nation every year. Students participating in the program develop a research abstract and create a poster to present at the Summer MU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. MU-ARTSS is structured into a week-long didactic program providing an intensive introduction to alcohol research followed by an 8-week research internship in the lab of a MU-ARTSS professor. The program is set up to provide an independent learning experience and offer the intern an opportunity to get a sense of a ‘grad school’ working environment.