Lanza added that Penn State's Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse enhances the opportunities available to PAMT trainees, as they have access to a strong, interdisciplinary network of faculty in fields including biobehavioral health, human development and family studies, psychology, sociology and criminology, nursing, geography and engineering.
The training program is co-directed by Lanza and Jennifer Maggs, professor of human development and family studies with lead training roles held by Rina Eiden, professor of psychology, Gregory Fosco, associate professor of human development and family studies, and Jeremy Staff, professor of sociology and criminology. Co-administrators of the training program are Meg Small, PRC director of social innovation and assistant research professor of health and human development; and Damon Jones, associate professor of health and human development.
Maggs noted that "our enhanced interdisciplinary leadership team will allow us to expand on the high-quality training available to the nine predoctoral and four postdoctoral scholars funded each year through the PAMT training program."
"Our hope is to help train the next generation of substance use and addiction researchers and ultimately improve health and well-being in society," Maggs said.
Housed in the PRC, the program is funded by NIDA with additional support from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the College of Health and Human Development, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the Social Science Research Institute.