The work of the C-StARR is guided by four specific aims. First, through its research support cores, the C-StARR enhances the sampling, methods, and analyses of ongoing studies of adolescent self-regulation and substance use. Investigators have an unprecedented opportunity to analyze comprehensive educational records from the entire population of public school students in North Carolina in order to target specific samples and solicit them for new inquiry. Second, through pilot studies, C-StARR investigators formulate and test novel hypotheses regarding the interplay of self-regulation and adolescent substance use and abuse. Third, the C-StARR encourages and supports the integration of biological processes with social processes in models of self-regulation. Fourth, support staff and senior investigators contribute to the training of the next generation of behavioral scientists by integrating early-career faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student research teams.
The C-StARR achieves these aims through three cores. The Administrative Core provides scientific leadership, ensures collaboration and synergy across cores and projects, and leads training efforts. The Data Core supports innovative approaches to sampling, measurement, data collection, and data analysis. And the Biological Methods Support Core supports the addition of biodata to ongoing and pilot research studies by C-StARR investigators. For more information, visit the project website.