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Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Training Program in Type 1 Diabetes

The purpose of this training program, funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), is to further develop a cadre of diverse and highly trained behavioral scientists who will conduct research relevant to improved clinical management and quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes. Trainees will work with scientists from nursing, medicine, and the behavioral sciences.

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Predoctoral Training

For predoctoral trainees, the proposed training program expands on a typical program for Ph.D. students in nursing, investigative medicine, or the behavioral sciences at Yale and focuses on the development of methodological and conceptual skills and substantive knowledge in behavior and type 1 diabetes. Predoctoral fellows are required to take the two courses in behavioral research in self- and family management. If they do not already have experience in type 1 diabetes, they will be expected to acquire in-depth understanding of type 1 diabetes by taking courses and/or working in the clinic with faculty. All will be expected to do their research practica with core faculty members.

The predoctoral trainees in this program will be students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program in nursing, investigative medicine, or the behavioral sciences. Each trainee will be supported for two to three years, which should allow the trainee to complete the majority of course work and preliminary examinations. We expect that during this time, trainees will submit applications for individual NRSA or other support to complete their degree requirements. Predoctoral trainees will select a dissertation committee consisting of their mentor, another core faculty member, and one of the affiliated faculty. Predoctoral medical students who are still in clinical training are not eligible for this program.

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Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral training will prepare the investigator to conduct more complex studies that involve an interdisciplinary perspective and the need for sophisticated analytic techniques. The training program incorporates courses in the current doctoral programs at the Yale School of Nursing as possible course work, depending on interests and needs. In addition, postdoctoral trainees will have access to an extensive number of courses in other schools at Yale.

Postdoctoral trainees will work with experienced faculty researchers on ongoing studies, participate in interdisciplinary training programs in specified centers within Yale University, and develop a proposal for extramural funding.

Postdoctoral trainees will hold either an M.D. or a Ph.D. in nursing, medicine, or the behavioral sciences, with the potential to contribute substantially to behavioral research in type 1 diabetes. They will have had some experience in research in the area of type 1 diabetes, ideally during the dissertation.

Traineeships will be awarded for two years, with the second year based on progress in the first year, to allow in-depth experience in ongoing faculty research, immersion in the field, and development of a proposal for extramural funding. Trainees will be guided in their work by a multidisciplinary team.

Postdoctoral training applications are due March 1. For further information, contact the program director, Margaret Grey, at margaret.grey@yale.edu.

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