Initially funded in 2008, the C-StARR supports innovative interdisciplinary research addressing the role of biological and contextual factors in the development of self-regulation as it relates to drug use and other consequential behaviors. In order to achieve an overall goal of informing practice and policy, the work of the C-StARR is guided by three specific aims. First, through its research support cores, the C-StARR enhances the sampling, measurement, methods, and analyses of ongoing studies of adolescent self-regulation and substance use. Second, through pilot studies C-StARR investigators formulate and test novel hypotheses about the interplay of self-regulation and adolescent substance use and abuse. Third, support staff and senior scientists contribute to the training of the next generation of addiction scientists by including early-career faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in multidisciplinary research teams.
The C-StARR achieves these aims through four cores. The Administrative Core provides scientific leadership, ensures collaboration and synergy across cores and projects, and leads training efforts. The Contextual Data Acquisition and Analysis Core supports innovative approaches to acquiring and analyzing data that reflect important features of the contexts in which adolescents and young adults behave and make decisions. The Biological Data Acquisition and Analysis Core supports the addition of biomarkers and other biological data to ongoing and pilot research studies by C-StARR project teams. The Pilot Research Project Core provides funds for focused research and feasibility studies conducted by multidisciplinary teams of investigators comprising senior- and early-career scientists as well as pre- and postdoctoral trainees. The C-StARR aims to serve as a national resource for prevention scientists, intervention specialists, and policymakers.
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