Early Career Investigators Network

The ECIN serves as the foundation for all training and career development activities within the CPPR. Successful training of graduate students and early career investigators requires early, frequent, and meaningful involvement in research projects and professional development opportunities. The ECIN is intended to augment or enhance typical graduate training and development by tailoring activities to building knowledge and skills necessary for independent research in translational prevention science with a focus on drug abuse and related mental disorders among youth. To ensure these aspects of training and development are achieved, the ECIN provides the following activities and resources:

  • Communication forum
  • Monthly journal club
  • Professional development workshops
  • Motivational interviewing and other evidence-based treatment training
  • Grant writing workshops
  • Human subjects training
  • Summer research fellowships
  • Conference travel sponsorship

To join the ECIN please contact ECIN Director, Dr. Rich Lee (richlee@umn.edu) or Nicole Morrell (morre006@umn.edu).


Ashley Chesmore: Department of Family Social Science
Parent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a Potential Moderator of ADAPT: A Parenting Intervention for Military Families
Mentor: Abigail Gewirtz

Carrie DePasquale: Institute of Child Development
Parentings, Hypocortisolism, and Recovering from Social Deprivation
Mentor: Megan Gunnar

Rebecca Distefano: Institute of Child Development
Autonomy Supportive Parenting in a High-Risk Context
Mentor: Ann Masten

Alaa Houri: Department of Educational Psychology
Tailoring interventions to enhance parental engagement through school-based intervention
Mentor: Clayton Cook